On December 8th, Lafayette Parish voter ballots will include a proposal to amend the Lafayette City-Parish Charter, creating dedicated councils for the City and Parish. This will ensure “City issues” and “Parish issues” are decided by elected representatives accountable to the people they govern.
Why Amend the Charter?
Today, nearly half of the City-Parish Council represent folks who live outside the City of Lafayette, but those council members get to decide city matters like LUS rates and how to spend city taxpayers’ funds. The amendments would limit those decisions to a new Lafayette City Council, elected by city residents. All parish residents would also be represented on the Parish Council. We will all still share consolidated services and the Mayor-Parish President.
It’s the only way for unincorporated Lafayette to have a government focused on its unique needs. No one can serve multiple masters, and that is exactly what we have in Lafayette. Unlike San Francisco, Lafayette has been allowing non-citizens to vote since 1996. It has not accomplished what it promised. Baton Rouge “consolidated” in the 1940’s and now has at least 2 new cities, working on another. We should go back to the American form of government.
Joey Durel, former Lafayette City-Parish President
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