What changes to the parish budget and tax structure will you consider to stabilize finances, meet state mandated expenses and invest in parish infrastructure?

Kevin Naquin
Kevin Naquin
Candidate for Parish Council District 2

We must look at all of our parish expenses, state mandates and compare that to the revenue we are bringing in. I will work hard and look for ways to improve revenue without having to raise taxes. We need some type of revenue sharing in the future with the city of Lafayette and municipalities in regards to future annexation of unincorporated areas that will create future sales tax opportunity. I believe if this would have been done from the beginning of consolidation years ago, the parish would have been in better shape and could be taking care of all of our major issues in the parish today!

Ted A. Richard
Ted A. Richard
Candidate for Parish Council District 2

My first action would be to raise the minimum wage in Lafayette Parish to $15 per hour. When people make more money, they spend more money. Which means more money in sales taxes.
But that's not the only issue. Currently, the City of Lafayette has more in its reserve funds than the entire budget of the Parish of Lafayette. And during the 27+ years of consolidated government, the City has literally taken advantage of the Parish. For instance, as parish equipment became broken and unusable, the Consolidated Government would purchase new equipment, which then became owned by the City of Lafayette. So now, with a separated government, the parish will be forced to either purchase all of its own equipment all over again, or to rent that same equipment from the City. And remember, that with a $10 million+ budget, the parish has obligations for nearly 95% of that income, leaving very little discretionary money for emergencies and other expenses.
Currently, the Parish of Lafayette pays a 4 mill tax toward our budgeted expenses, yet the City and other incorporated areas of the Parish pay only 2 mills. I would suggest that the entire parish should be paying that 4 mill tax, and that the additional 2 mills collected from the cities should go directly to the Parish. This would give the Parish a constant source of income to make improvements to parish-owned assets, and maintain them properly.