Ever wonder how bonds work or where the tax increment financing districts are in Lafayette Parish? The Lafayette chapter of the League of Women Voters recently produced an on-line guide to government in our parish.

“Know Your Local Governments: Power, Service, & Money. A Webguide to the Units of Government in Lafayette Parish” delineates everything from the structure of Lafayette Consolidated Government to who is responsible for collecting taxes and to what our tax dollars are dedicated. Information for the guide was culled from a wide range of sources including the 2009-2010 LCG budget, recent LCG financial reports, the Lafayette Home Rule Charter and the financial books of various agencies and offices under the LCG umbrella such as the tax assessor and Bayou Vermilion District.

Release of the webguide comes as Lafayette Parish, particularly the parish seat, takes a hard look at whether consolidated government is working to the best benefit of the various jurisdictions within the parish. The Lafayette Charter Commission has a little over a month to settle on a recommendation for future governance in the parish, which will go to a parishwide vote this fall. The parish is also set to redraw the political districts for the City-Parish Council and school board.

To view the LWV webguide to government in Lafayette Parish, click here.

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