July 18, 2014 — Broussard Mayor Charlie Langlinais issued a statement voicing his opposition to the Lafayette Industrial Development Board's decision to use IDB money to support private retail development.
Mayor Langlinais says that the money that the board is giving up for the COSTCO project is not money that was ever intended for retail but intended to help manufacturing, We caught up with Broussard's spokesperson, Amy Jones, who says Mayor Langlinais is worried about the precedent that will be set for business who will come to the area in the further.
"It's important to know that a lot of the projects that are happening, especially infrastructure project that are happening in Broussard are being done through cash reserves." said Jones.
"So it's very important to understand the the Mayor's issue in this particular situation all comes down to the fact that it is a bad precedent to take money that should have been used for manufacturing and is being used for private retail development. What are you going to do with the next retailer that comes in and wants to build a retail shopping center? "
Mayor Langlinais says he is going to ask the Broussard City Council to pass a resolution stating their opposition to the use of the IDB funds for private retail development.