- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A proposed ordinance establishing an East St. Landry Library District has been delayed indefinitely by the St. Landry Parish Council.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/NwHFba ) that proposed ordinance was introduced at a Feb. 19 meeting even though all but three council members said they did not support the concept.

Prior to Wednesday’s vote, Bruce Gaudin, chairman of the St. Landry Library Coalition, asked the council to hold off on the parish-wide library issue until coalition members could discuss the matter further with council members and municipal officials.

Gaudin said the coalition needs more time to do its homework and possibly draft a new version of an ordinance.

“Some of the town councils have questions and objections. We also want to talk to existing (town) library boards that have questions about how they would be integrated into the (parish library) system,” Gaudin said.

Council member Jerry Red Jr. said he had a petition signed by 200 people in the district he represents who oppose funding the library system with a property tax.

“These people are in favor of the library. They just want to find another way to (finance) it,” Red said.

Council member Leon Robinson, who voted at the Feb. 19 meeting to have his election district opt out from voting on any parish-wide library tax proposition, said Wednesday that he will now support it.

If the council approves an ordinance creating a parish-wide library system, Gaudin said, the council would create a board that would decide how to use the revenue generated from a tax or other financing.

The East St. Landry Library District would be headquartered in Port Barre, according to the proposed ordinance.

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


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