With voters in Lafayette Parish about to decide the fate of several millage proposals, City-Parish Councilman Patrick Lewis called a townhall meeting to make sure voters have an informed opinion about all of the millages on the ballot this Saturday.
Two of them are renewals that will fund the Lafayette Parish jail and courthouse.
The third moves money from the public health fund to drainage and the Create initiative which is trying to help cultural economy.
While most agree redirecting money to drainage is a worthwhile cause, there have been questions about why the Create initiative is necessary.
Mayor Joel Robideaux explained that because of the downturn in oil and gas industry, Lafayette needs to figure out a why to further diversify its economy.
“We’re putting into the cultural economy and trying to grow that economy in a way that will stabilize our budget and provide us recovery from some of the job loss that we’ve realized.” said Mayor Robideaux
The Create initiative also aims to try to attract outsiders.
“I see between what we are trying to do and this little bit of investment and seed money is to figure how do we position Lafayette to be one of these great american cities that businesses and visitors are going to wanna come and relocate here.” Robideaux continued.
However, some took issue that the millages on Saturday’s were the main focus of the meeting, saying that those topics weren’t on the flyer advertising the meeting.
“I would hope that we would have more information starting out as what the expectations of the leaders are. we should be able to take about certain topics. If they only want to stick to certain topics, they should let us know right up front.” said Stephanie Cornray.
Those who attended the townhall also brought up concerns about consolidated government, mental health funding, safety and I-49.
Voters in Lafayette Parish will vote on the millages, on Saturday November 18th