The Independent Weekly has carefully studied the bond proposal
that goes before Lafayette Parish voters Saturday, and we urge you to
vote in favor of the measure. This is not a new tax. Your tax burden as
a resident of Lafayette Parish will not be affected by either the
passage or failure of this proposal.
If approved, Lafayette Consolidated Government will get the green light
to issue $26 million in bonds for the repair of 150 roads and more than
15 bridges in rural Lafayette Parish. These roads and bridges are not
only a danger to Lafayette Parish residents, but they also are an
impediment to future growth, economic development and overall
prosperity in the parish. Many of these roads and bridges have had no
maintenance in decades. It is time to realign our civic priorities when
it comes to long-neglected infrastructure. Independent
staff members have driven many of these roads and traversed these
dilapidated bridges. We know first-hand how dire the conditions are. We
invite you, the reader, to take a drive along Lebesque Road or Pilette
Road to see for yourself why this vote is important. Your auto mechanic
will thank you for the new business.
Perhaps the greatest threat to passage of the measure is apathy.
City-parish officials worry that with no big-ticket races to draw
voters to the polls, the prospect of passing the proposal may be
dimmed. We are confident our readers understand the importance of this
issue. We urge you to turn out to vote Saturday, and to support the
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