Lafourche Parish Voters Reject Proposal to Rededicate Portion of Library Milage
Note: For some background about the Lafourche vote take a look at this post from last Friday.
Lafourche residents rejected a proposal to rededicate a portion of the library milage by a vote of 53.76% (4601) to 3958 (46.24%).
From Houma Today
“Obviously, we’re very happy with the results. We tried very hard to get the word out that losing this funding would affect the libraries and our daily operations,” Library Director Laura Sanders said.
Lafourche Council Chairman Lindel Toups, an outspoken advocate for the tax change, said he was “at a loss for words.”
“I guess we’re going to get our brains together and try to come up with another figure,” Lafourche Council Chairman Lindel Toups said of the outcome. “We can’t give up we’ve got to do something.”
From the Tri-Parish Times
After months of pointed debate, the library-jail tax swap brought 15.1 percent of the parish’s registered voters to the polls.
Parish President Charlotte Randolph issued a statement Saturday night via email: “When the (Lafourche Parish Council) Legislative Internal Auditor Tommy Lasseigne proposed the Rededication of library funds last year to partially fund a new detention center, the Council concurred. The vote today indicated that the voters of Lafourche did not agree. As the public’s safety is the most important issue for parish government, nothing will change as a result of today’s vote. 24/7/365, we will continue to work with the LPSO, the DA and the courts to protect Lafourche.”
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