Lafayette’s annual budget season is here, and in just about a month the city and parish councils will be voting on how to spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars next year. Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s proposed budget for next year totals more than $700 million across all the various parts of Lafayette Consolidated Government, and the councils will spend the next month reviewing his plan and making adjustments during public meetings at City-Parish Hall.
You can see the Guillory administration’s proposed budget here and take a deep dive into how it has proposed to spend that money using our budget explorer:
Budget meetings will be held at City-Parish Hall throughout August, including opportunities to offer public comments on the spending plan throughout the schedule of meetings available here. The councils are set to vote on a final version of next year’s budget at their Sep. 14 meeting.
You can learn more about Lafayette’s annual budget process with our 2023 Budget Guide:
How does the Budget work? Budgets account for revenues and expenses. Revenue comes from property taxes, sales taxes, state and federal grants, utility bills, various fines, charges and more. Expenses fall into one of three categories: personnel (salaries and benefits), professional services (contracts and contractors) and capital outlay (like infrastructure, public facilities, equipment). Each department […]