An Oversimplified Guide to the 2020 Lafayette Parish Ballot Propositions

Ballot propositions are as democratic as it gets. Often overlooked, they offer a chance for voters to set policies directly. This year, Lafayette Parish voters have three propositions to vote on. Here’s an oversimplified guide to what’s on the ballot.

The Propositions

PROPOSITION: Rededicate Lafayette’s cultural economy tax to rural fire protection and parish roads

VOTE YES: Lafayette should spend the $500,000 this .25-mill property tax brings in on more essential government services. Voting yes would do just that, moving that revenue stream to help pay for rural fire protection and parish roads and bridges. 

VOTE NO: Lafayette’s cultural economy is essential to its prosperity. Keeping the property tax dedicated to the CREATE initiative is a small investment in Lafayette’s music, art, culture, and parks and recreation with potentially big returns. 

How much does CREATE cost me?

Mill rate:
.25
Generates:
$500,000

This proposition will rededicate the CREATE property tax to fund rural fire protection (.175 mills) and roads and bridges (.075) in Lafayette Parish.

It will appear on the ballot as “Parishwide Proposition – .25 Mills Rededication – PC – 5 Yrs.“.
-$75,000 from property value. Applies to your primary residence.

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PROPOSITION: Renew the facilities property tax for Lafayette’s public schools

VOTE YES: This 5-mill property tax generates around $11.7 million annually to fund construction, maintenance and improvements of public school facilities. LPSS has used this fund to save money to rebuild Lafayette High. Renewing it is essential to making that goal a reality. 

VOTE NO: LPSS already receives millions of dollars to fund its operations and facilities. Taxpayers are struggling right now in a bad economy and can’t afford to be locked into 10 more years of tax they can’t afford. We have to live within our means. So should public schools. 

How much does the public school facilities tax cost me?

Mill rate:
5.00
Generates:
$11.7 million

This property tax pays for the construction, maintenance and improvement of Lafayette public school buildings.

It will appear on the ballot as “PW Consolidated School Dist. No. 1 — 5 Mills Renewal – SB – 10 Yrs “.
-$75,000 from property value. Applies to your primary residence.

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PROPOSITION: Legalize sports betting in Lafayette Parish

VOTE YES: Don’t tell me how to lose my money. 

VOTE NO: Louisiana isn’t short on ways for people to throw their money away. 

*Note: Sports betting won’t be “legal” yet in the parishes that pass the proposition. State laws still need to be passed to make that happen.