A political action committe formed in mid-August in support of the Lafayette Parish School System’s Oct. 22 tax proposition for the Master Facilities Plan has produced a website laying out its case that passage of the tax is essential for the future of the parish’s public school system.
The website, Invest in Our Children’s Future, was created by a PAC of the same name. The site includes a 10-minute video produced by the Lafayette chapter of the League of Women Voters detailing the more deplorable conditions of some of Lafayette’s school facilities. The video was actually produced more than three years ago. The site also contains a more slickly produced 30-second commercial advocating passage of the plan, in addition to links to CSRS’ master plan — a $1.1 billion undertaking that has been split into two phases, the first of which is on the Oct. 22 ballot and would fund $561,000 in projects through a 25 mills increase in the parish property tax.
The site argues, as proponents of the plan have for months, that putting off these repairs, upgrades and school replacements will cost more the longer the parish waits:
With the ages of our school buildings and the lack of preventative maintenance and capital projects, our school facilities will age faster and cost MUCH more to repair. Waiting costs more money – rising costs, inflation and tighter budgets will cost us more year after year. Using a 3% inflation cost and factoring in the price tag presently of the 1st Phase of the Master Facility Plan ($561,000,000) we would see an increase of at least $16,830,000 dollars by waiting just ONE more year!
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
NOV 20 Politico reports here that Bobby Jindal won't be kept out of the presidential race by anyone else's candidacy. (If he's running, which he's not, 'cause he's not done prayin' on it) So he's not interested in who is running, or what the polls say, or how much money he's got? K.
NOV 20 This week, Jim Brown is blogging about the big Keystone vote, and the sudden urgency with which some politicians have attacked the issue. Why is everybody all on fire now? Jim wants to know why they didn't care before the election.
NOV 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
NOV 20 In light of the recent inspector general's report about NOLA police detectives' extreme incompetence in investigating sex crimes, columnist Stephanie Grace is remembering another bad time in NOLA police history. Unfortunately, it seems like that's all there is to remember - bad times.
NOV 20 Columnist Jarvis DeBerry is writing about a recent discussion about gun violence at the Public Health Association meeting. The discussion focused on data, and the shortage of it, since gun lobbies block any meaningful public research on the subject of gun violence. Do we need the numbers to stop the deaths?
NOV 19 Jason Brad Berry, who blogs on American Zombie, has been scarce lately, but he's back with this lengthy, meaty post about the latest in the BP claims process mess. It's not a big surprise, but a lot of what he has to report is stinky, stinky, stinky. Stinky.
NOV 19 The former mayor of Sorrento, arrested last month on child pornography charges, didn't get the answer he wanted from a federal judge, the Advocate reports here. Wilson Longanecker Jr. wanted his $1 million bail reduced, and after hearing details of his arrest, the judge declined.
Read the Flipping Paper!
Click Here for the Entire Print Version of IND Monthly