The Lafayette Public Library has seen its share of controversy over the past year. Now LCG is planning to pull funds from one of their largest savings accounts. Mayor-President Joel Robideaux plans to submit a resolution to the council to ask for a rededication of funds from one of library’s savings accounts to make improvements to infrastructure.
“There’s not enough money to do all the things we need to do. You know we’re hundreds of millions of dollars short,” says Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.
Funding has been one of the major factors concerning infrastructure in Acadiana.
“Roads, bridges, and drainage issues always rise to the surface,” says Mayor-President Joel Robideaux.
After looking at all the options on the table Roubideaux now has a solution.
“This resolution says look voters we’re proposing that we take 18 million of the 26 million dollars leave the library with 8 million dollars, but take the 18 million and put it towards other projects like roads, bridges, and drainage issues.”
According to Robideaux the libary has three seprate millages they get from property taxes. Funds that are not used for upgrades or other issues are essentially just sitting there
“Its 26 million that’s in a savngs account. We have to decide whats the best use of this money, let it stay there or redelegate it and put it some where else that we know we needs it to be.”
Improving the quality of life is Robideaux’s main goal. By using money that’s redialy available, he hopes the continuation of the high and low level projects could be completed earlier.
“If we get this money, then we will be able to get a bunch of the group B projects done too,” Robideaux explains.
Robideaux beleives this proposal is key in insuring that taxpayers money is used wisely.
“Its not our money, its not the libary money, its the tax payers money.”
This proposal has been added to the discussion list for LCG’s meeting on January 22nd. If the council does approve the transfer of funds it will be on the ballot in May.
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