Lafayette Committee To Focus On Revenue

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) — New taxes will likely be among the recommendations from a Lafayette citizens' committee that has been studying city-parish finances this year.

         The Advocate’s Richard Burgess reports the Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee met Monday to begin discussing its final report after months of hearing from city-parish department heads, staff and council members.

         No consensus emerged on the details of a proposal, but the talk of how to deal with city-parish financial woes focused less on cuts and more on the need for boosting revenue for roads, bridges, recreation and other areas of the budget where funding has been tight for years.

         Committee member Sarah Walker cautioned that legally restricting too much tax revenue for specific projects could tie the hands of government and leave little wiggle room for managing the budget.

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