Lafayette Consolidated Government’s budget will face a $49 million cut from the current year, approximately 8 percent. The Advertiserreports today on a budget preview given to the council yesterday, in which Chief Financial Officer Becky Lalumia underscored the recent downturn in sales tax revenues. Lalumia says the city is projecting a 2.6 percent decrease in city sales tax collections this year. The cuts will be distributed across every department, without any layoffs.
Overall parish sales tax collections are on a five-month skid so far this year. The down streak is the longest since at least 1999, when the Sales Tax Department began electronically tracking monthly reports.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.