The Lafayette Parish School System’s push for a new sales tax is kicking into high gear with the vote being a little over a week away but not everyone is on board. A group started on Facebook called, “Citizens Against the School Tax,” are adamant on getting their side out. The group thinks the push for the new sales tax is too haste and not needed.
“I think I’m paying enough taxes.”
Other tax payers in the community agree. “They need to start getting a grip on how they spend the money they need to have a budget, they need to stick with that budget and they need to do the right thing with our tax dollars.” says Lafayette resident, Jeff Cole.
Louisiana already has the highest sales tax in the United States and Michael Lunsford, a Lafayette resident who opposes the new school tax has done his research. “As part of the process of eliminating the portable building issue in the school I think they’ve done they’re job I think that the portable buildings will gradually fade away anyway because they just rezoned the entire district.”
A rezoning that’s starting in October. Lunsford says they aren’t being patient to see if that will solve the problem first. “Their budget last year was 492 million dollars, that’s half a billion dollars. That’s 60-70 million more than it was the year before.” says Lunsford.
He says Lafayette School System can’t seem to get their story straight. “I heard somebody say there’s an empty classroom here or this classroom here is empty or we have no capacity at this school so we need to get rid of portable buildings, we need to build all this stuff and I’m thinking wait a minute you just said you have empty classrooms why do you have empty classrooms?”
With the penny tax, sales tax, cat tax, corporate tax, gas tax and now Lafayette wanting this school tax, Lunsford says this is just horrible timing and simply unnecessary right now.
“April 15th just happened, a lot of us have looked at our tax bill and said gal lee look at all the money I sent to Uncle Sam. Even if you didn’t feel it because they’re taking it out one pay check at a time at the end of the year you still have to file your taxes.” Lunsford adds.
So now in less than 2 weeks, the voters will decided whether or not our taxes will increase.
On the flip side, the half cent sales tax has garnered a lot of support from community members. Wednesday, Bishop Douglas Deshotel joined the Lafayette Parish School System, One Acadiana and the Sheriff’s Office for a press conference saying Lafayette Parish students need better classrooms.