Lafayette - The protect the city committee finished their report of lafayette consolidated government. The purpose? To determine if this form of government serves the best interest of its citizens.
"So, for the last few months, we’ve been looking into finances, getting expert opinions and trying to see whether or not a consolidated form of government is fair to the city and city taxpayers," said Protect the City Committee member Roddy Bergon
In the 28-page report, some of the issues highlighted include protecting tax dollars, how the consolidated government was formed as well as other key issues.
"We’ve found that there’s some dollars being spent outside the city. We find that there are some other issues that we find with consolidated government from the way it was formed originally to some current issues that are still going on," Bergon said.
Bergon says the purpose of the town hall was to share their findings as well as get feedback from those who matter most - the tax-paying citizens of Lafayette.
"Listen to some of the ideas that we have. After all, we have to make sure that our form of government is representative of the people in the community. So, we just wanted to get out there, get the information out there and hear what people have to say," he said.
He says the committee’s purpose was to provide recommendations based on the findings within the report, adding that there’s two paths for recommended changes and it won’t be an overnight process.
"They can go to a charter commission, or the city and parish council can work on amendments to the current charter. This is going to be a long process. We’re looking at anywhere from a year to a year-and-a-half to two years depending on the path that gets chosen and then amendments that get made," Bergon said.
He also says there will be several more town-halls this week and one next week as they continue to garner feedback from the community.
You can view the entire report here: Protect the City Committee Draft Report.
For more information on future town-halls, you can visit the Lafayette Consolidated Government Facebook page.