Lafayette Council Approves Health Tax For Ballot

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) — The Lafayette City-Parish Council has voted to let voters decide in a special election March 28 whether to consolidate two existing property taxes into a single public health millage that would pay for animal control.

         The Advocate’s Lanie Lee Cook reports the proposal, approved Tuesday, would consolidate an existing 2.06-mill tax that funds the public health unit, which provides health services for low-income residents in Lafayette Parish, with a 1.50-mill tax that pays for mosquito control.

         The two existing taxes bring in about $6.7 million each year, but only about $2.9 million is spent. Officials want to include animal control in the services covered by the millage. Animal control, which has no dedicated funding, costs the general fund about $1.3 million annually.

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