- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish voters head to the polls Saturday to decide whether some of the tax money now collected for public health and mosquito control can also be used for the animal shelter and animal control services.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1EICt82 ) the proposal would not raise taxes but rather loosen restrictions on how existing tax revenue can be spent.

The Lafayette animal shelter and related animal control operations cost city-parish government more than $1 million a year, but there is no dedicated tax to support animal control.

Existing property taxes for mosquito control and the public health unit generate millions of dollars more than needed. The money sits in a savings account because the property tax revenue is legally dedicated to those services and cannot be used for anything else.

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


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