We answer the core questions that (downtown) voters need to understand before heading into the ballot box to determine the fate of DDA’s millage renewal.
On the dockets of the City and Parish Councils are multiple tax renewals for essential services, a tax rededication for fire protection in unincorporated Lafayette, and declaring more detention pond projects as public necessities.
If holding off-cycle elections is the parish government’s strategy to raise taxes, it’s a poor one. Research shows that low turnout favors those who oppose taxes.
Critics have taken aim at the library’s reserves. But, as local governments look to stabilize budgets in times of economic flux, fund balances are key to long-term planning.