In all, Lafayette is in line for $688 million across dozens of projects in this year’s proposed state budget, including big money for UL and parish government.
The councils will take up budget corrections, funding to buy land for a new jail and revisit the question of hiring special counsel.
Lafayette’s efforts to deal with adjudicated properties have seen slow but steady progress since adjudications peaked at 1,560 properties in July 2019. In the years since, LCG has brought hundreds of properties back into commerce.
The Guillory administration mounted a vigorous but flawed defense this week in a special meeting held to review the extraordinary findings in an annual audit of Lafayette Consolidated Government.
Sticky prices and declining sales have Lafayette Parish in its coldest housing market since the pandemic began, but surrounding parishes aren’t feeling the freeze.
After canning a change that would have put a Parish Council member on the Library Board, the council is considering a plan to eliminate the mayor-president’s appointment.
Rising flood insurance costs under FEMA’s new Risk Rating 2.0 system are pushing up costs for Lafayette homeowners. But the rising rates belie a largely unseen level of risk.
With an aging stock of existing homes, and effectively no new construction below $200,000, Lafayette’s first-time homebuyers are being shut out of the market.
Increases of more than 50% are expected for National Flood Insurance Program policies in nine of the 10 ZIP Codes that cover the Lafayette area. That represents 15,000 single-family homes.
Lafayette Consolidated Government’s latest annual audit identifies a slew of new issues that Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s administration says do not need to be addressed.
Lafayette’s councils will consider a deal to takeover maintenance of 26 miles of state roads in a $25 million deal with the state government.
More changes could be coming to Louisiana’s Public Records Law, a year after legislation led to new public records fees at LCG and a lawsuit filed by media organizations to topple them.