STUDY UNDERWAY, 2009-2011
THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNING BODIES AND TAXES IN LAFAYETTE PARISH,
Part I, Year 1; A Voter’s Guide
Often mistrust of government is based on lack of knowledge. What voters learn from the newspaper, television, and radio is not always enough to make an informed decision at the polls. Towards this end, each local League of Women Voters is expected to complete a “Know Your Community” survey of its local government..
The League of Women Voters of Lafayette has not studied the structure of government in Lafayette Parish since the completion of the Home Rule Charter of Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government in 1992. Population growth and shifts, environmental control issues, implementation of the LINC Comprehensive Master Plan for Lafayette Parish, Lafayette School Board’s long-term planning initiative, and competition for tax dollars for infrastructure needs have occurred since that time With a better working knowledge of the functions, structure, services, and cost, voters can better impact government decisions through effective choices at the polls.
In addition, understanding the current government structures and their interrelatedness in providing services for the people of Lafayette Parish will provide a platform for questions to candidates for political office, one of the functions of the League of Women Voters.
SCOPE OF PROPOSED STUDY FOR YEAR I:
Examine the governing bodies, their functions and services, and their
supporting tax structures as a resource guide for the voters of Lafayette Parish.
-Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government -TIF Districts
-The City of Lafayette -Other Tax Districts
-The City of Carencro -Ad Valorem Taxes
-The City of Broussard -Sales Taxes
-The City of Scott -Legal Fees
-The Town of Youngsville -Fines
- The Town of Duson -Permits and Licensing Fees
-Unincorporated Areas -Other
SCOPE OF PROPOSED STUDY FOR YEAR II:
1. Examine comparability of per capita taxes paid and comparable services per taxing district.
2. Show a comparison of governing bodies and tax structure, with at least one our of state consolidated city-county government of the approximately same geographical and population size as Lafayette Parish and containing several independent municipalities.
3. Outline areas of cooperation between and among the governing bodies of Lafayette Parish.
PROGRAM APPROVED AT ANNUAL MEETING, SEPT. 15, 2009