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With recent tax propositions being rejected in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes area voters need to be ever vigilant about the methods and tactics politicians will employ to place taxes on low voter turn out ballots. We have told you about the upcoming DDA tax occurring during Festival International in downtown Lafayette on April 30, but why is no one talking about the Vermilion Parish tax hike election on the same day.
We take a closer look at the recent “historic” veto override by asking a baffling question: what specifically was gained by the effort? You’ll be interested to read our answer.
Similar to Lafayette’s five recently created taxing districts, the solution is always the need for “more money.” However, the conversation gets interesting when you ask what they plan to spend the money on. In the case of the five taxing districts (now three-years old) the answer is, “we don’t know yet.” That scenario also fits nicely into the recent conversations about building a new jail.
Remember Ronnie “Judas” Johns? He was the villain of the 2021 veto override session. For simply not showing up (so there wouldn’t be enough votes to override any of JBE’s terrible vetoes) the governor rewarded him with a six-figure salary. Now he’s hoping that so much time has passed that you and the Senate Governmental Affairs committee will have forgotten all about it. Except that we’ll be here making sure everyone remembers.
KEEP pushing. Say NO, ESPECIALLY if it’s something you don’t agree with or if it don’t sit right with your soul. You do what you think is best for your family.
It just doesn’t look good when a governing body stops sending out meeting notices and then puts a tax on a lonely ballot during the area’s largest festival. Add to that, they are now not going to respond to any public records requests until the day after the election. Now, tell me how that strikes you.
Several local RPECs (Republican Parish Executive Committees) have taken up a resolution supporting a veto override for Louisiana’s US Congressional districts. This is very odd behavior. The reason seems to be because the State Republican Party hasn’t taken up the cause, and neither has any US Congressman in Louisiana. So, it’s up to the fraud squad to press the Republican legislators to support this effort another way.
That “no fiscal impact” box always seems to be ticked on ordinances coming out of local government. Whether or not they actually believe there will be no fiscal impact remains to be proven. We’ve seen it so very many times, that it was finally time to take a really good look at one of these. Turns out we were right. It’s just another unnecessary project, another bridge to nowhere, another taxpayer funded boondoggle.
Soon Louisiana will elect a new governor. Citizens are asking which candidate will be most willing to work with legislators on balancing power.
Our request to this elected office was narrowly tailored to the calendar, salary, expenses and staff within the office. Much like the various Clerks of Courts throughout the state we received a virtually identical boiler plate response from the Assessors asserting ‘Responsive documents in our possession are available for inspection and copying during regular business hours at our offices located at [FILL IN THE BLANK].’ This is no more of a response to our request for public records than it is a tactic being employed to set-up a defense for failing to provide the requested records. The position illustrated here is that if you wanted to see the documents all you must do is show up at our office and the records will be readily available.