Proposed Property Tax Increase For Lafayette Parks
Lafayette city-parish officials are looking to ask the voters for a property tax increase to help the Parks and Recreation Department.
Gerald Boudreaux, Lafayette's Park's and Rec Director, reminded that the recreation tax has been around since the 1960s, but hasn't seen a change since then, even though the number of parks in the area has more than tripled.
The Recreation Advisory Commission recently voted to ask citizens to increase the property tax to to add additional funding to the department which is now operating at a budget of $1.92 million.
The department has been having issues with funding for a few years and is having trouble meeting expenses.
The council will have to vote on bring the issue to the voters, but no date has been set on when the vote might occur.