- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has agreed to consider a request from a group seeking support for a proposed parish-wide library system funded by a property tax.

Bruce Gaudin, representing the St. Landry Parish Library Coalition, told the board Thursday the coalition is trying to generate enough support to place a proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters to approve a 5.5-mill annual property tax that would fund the proposed library system.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1ghV91r) the board directed its executive committee to discuss the matter at a March 24 meeting and possibly make recommendations at the regular meeting in April.

Meanwhile, the St. Landry Parish Council next week is expected to decide whether to adopt an ordinance creating a parish-wide library decision - a decision that needs to be made at that meeting in order to get the tax proposition on the November ballot.

However, when the parish council introduced the ordinance proposal last month, 10 of the 13 council members said they wouldn’t support it when it came up for a final vote.

On Thursday, Gaudin told the school board he believes most of those reluctant parish council members will change their minds when the matter comes up next week.

Nevertheless, Gaudin noted that council members from the Eunice, Lawtell, Grand Prairie and Arnaudville areas still oppose the concept of a parish library.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com