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NEWS AND EVENTS

Lafayette Daily Advertiser USA TODAY NETWORK (April 17, 2018)

Early voting is under way for the April 28 election to renew a public libraries tax and juvenile detention center tax parish wide and, in the city of Lafayette, a recreation tax and road maintenance tax.

Registered voters may cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at the Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters Office, 1010 Lafayette St., in downtown Lafayette.

Voters in the city will be asked to renew:
  • A 1.29-mill tax that generates about $2 million a year for street and road maintenance.
  • A 1.92-mill tax that generates about $2 million a year for recreation and playgrounds maintenance and operations. Two parish-wide taxes up for renewal include:
  • A 1.61-mill property tax that generates more than $3.6 million annually for library maintenance, operations and improvements.
  • A 1.17-mill property tax that generates more than $2.6 million a year for juvenile detention facilities.
The city recreation property tax originally was approved in 1961, when the city had only five parks, two recreation centers and one golf course. Today, the tax is expected to cover 35 parks, 10 recreation centers, five pools, three golf courses and other facilities and operations.

In 2016, the council voted not to roll the millage forward, so it is currently collected at 1.78 mills, a reduction of about $300,000. The council recently approved fee increases to use facilities such as gyms, athletic fields and park pavilions to make up the loss.

The measure on the April 28 ballot returns the recreation tax to 1.92 mills.

The library tax that's up for renewal is one of three parish-wide property taxes that support the public library system. This one is for annual operations, maintenance and improvements. For additional information, visit http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/

In 2016, voters renewed a 2.91-mill property tax for the maintenance and support of the public library and its branches.





LWV-Lafayette hosted its 8th Just Desserts Afternoon Awards Affair on November 19, 2017. The event gave "just desserts" to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to our community. Recognitions were presented for Safeguarding Democracy, Mobilizing People to Take Action, Improving the Quality of Education, and Increasing Community Dialogue. A special Lifetime of Excellence Award was also presented. Good food and good company were enjoyed by all.

2017 HONOREES


Safeguarding Democracy - Kelly Garrett, Acadiana Leader Louisianans for Prison Alternatives

Increasing Community Dialogue - Move the Mindset
Fred Prejean, Chairman

Mobilizing People to Take Action - Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Rhonda Gleason Breaux, Leader for Lafayette

Improving the Quality of Education - Dr. Donald Auguillard Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System

Making a Lifetime of Difference - Hank and Debbie Perret Founders, MIles Perret Cancer Services

TICKETS: $35 TABLE OF 8: $280.00
TO PURCHASE, VISIT EVENTBRITE
Sunday, November 19, 2017 3-5 P.M.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

Menu: Desserts, of course
acompanied by hor d'oeurves

Cash Bar

Parade of Prizes Raffle



ANNUAL MEETING
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
9:30-11:00 A.M.

Members in attendance:
  • Enjoyed a delicious brunch
  • Visited with members and guests
  • Reviewed highlights of 2016-17
  • Recognized members' contributions
  • Elected the Leadership Team
  • Approved the budget
  • Reviewed support positions
  • Collected annual dues
  • Volunteered for committee work

    • ...enthusiastically planned for 2017-18!



PAR has released a mobile friendly version of the Guide to the 2017 Constitutional Amendments. There are a few things to consider on the October 14 ballot and we don't want you to forget about the Constitutional Amendments. Now you will have access to the Guide right on your smartphone and tablet.

Lafayette Parish early voting location questioned
regarding accessibility




LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) -- September 18, 2017- The Lafayette Mayor-President's Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities has learned the early voting location in downtown Lafayette has some accessibility issues that need to be dealt with.

The committee says the early voting site at 1010 Lafayette Street is the only early voting location in the parish.

In a letter to the committee, the League of Women Voters of Lafayette says the Registrar of Voters' early voting location has insufficient handicapped-accessible parking.

The League explains that they found the "small lobby" on the ground floor becomes over-crowded with people in wheelchairs, using walkers or canes while waiting for "two small elevators."

Those are a few of the League's issues.

Committee member Jared Scott says accessibility is about being comfortable while using parish services like everyone else.

"People don't think in a wheelchair about it being difficult to go through gravel and going up curbs," adds Scott.

Scott says the huge crowds are impossible to maneuver in a wheelchair and the zig-zagging lines are no field trip either. "We need other locations; on the Northside, the Southside or wherever," says Scott.

Committee Chairperson Nell Hahn says people with disabilities should have the same voting access options as everyone else. "It [early voting site] really doesn't have a really good curb cut. The parking is very restrictive. It's just not a good place," says Hahn.

The committee is requesting an alternate early voting site or move the location that's being used. "It will take some additional funding which we think the parish should cover. Really, this is not optional. This is legally required. We are saying do what's required," says Hahn.

The League of Women Voters adds that "eleven other parishes smaller in population in Lafayette, including St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes have more than one early voting station."

The committee says the issues of early voting have been presented to the council.




LAFAYETTE HIGH
SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017



7th Annual Meet and Greet
August 19, 2017
4:30-6:30

With the backdrop of good food and great company, invited guests and prospective members joined LWVL members to socialize and learn about league activities.

City-Parish Council Budget Hearing
LCG Council Auditorium
705 University Ave.
August 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Inadequacies in meeting public accessibility and safety needs for early voting were noted at the Registrar of Voters' office in the Lafayette Courthouse Annex at 1010 Lafayette Street during the fall 2016 presidential/Congressional election. LWV-Lafayette presented information and asked the City-Parish Council to select and begin budgeting the costs of accessible location(s) for the 2018 gubernatorial primary election and thereafter.


A panel discussion, The Forecast for Healthcare in Acadiana, was hosted by LWV-Lafayette on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the main branch of th Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress.

Panelists included:
  • Katie Hebert, CFO University Hospitals and Clinics
  • Brian Burton, Southwest La. Health Education Center
  • Linda Hawkins, Healthcare advocate with the League of Women Voters of Louisiana

LWV-Lafayette was host to the LWV-Louisiana state convention March 11-12, 2017.

Presenters for the workshop, Follow the Money, were Patrick Goldsmith, Director, House Fiscal Division, and Jan Moller, Director, Louisiana Budget Project. The workshop was free and open to the public.

The evening banquet, also open to the public, featured keynote address, "Setting the Stage for Long-term Fiscal Reform", by Shawn Wilson, Secretary of the LA Department of Transportation.


LWV-Lafayette hosted its 7th Just Desserts Afternoon Awards Affair on November 15, 2015. The event gives "just desserts" to deserving citizens who have made significant contributions to our community. Recognitions were presented for Safeguarding Democracy, Mobilizing People to Take Action, Improving the Quality of Education, and Increasing Community Dialogue. A special Lifetime of Excellence Award was also presented to a distinguished, well-deserving community leader. Good food and good company were enjoyed by all.