Voters in Lafayette Parish will decide on whether to raise their own property taxes after the City-Parish Council voted 5-4 to put two proposals up for a vote.
The first one is a two mill property tax for 10 years for the operation of the parish courthouse and that would generate four and a half million dollars if approved.
The other property millage would be 10 years at 2.94mills would generate about six-point-seven million annually for the parish jail.
The property tax for the district attorney’s office wasn’t considered and pulled from the agenda.
Councilman Kevin Naquin argued that if these initiatives are approved it would be a small burden on the taxpayers.
“Now that the DA is pulled off, we are talking maybe $60 a year.” said Naquin
Members of the public argued that this unfairly targets property and business owners.
“I would say come back and consider a quarter cent sales tax which everybody would pay. It would be micro-targeting property owners and specifically business owners.” said Carol Ross.
Naquin shot back that these issues should be up to the voters to decide.
“Calling an election would allow the citizens to say yes or no to providing funding supporting that is mandated by the state for lcg to pay for the operations of the courthouse, adult correction and the jail.” said Naquin.
Voters will decide the fate of these property tax proposals the same day as the midterm elections, the same day as the midterm elections on November 6th.