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Evaluating transparency of the city's website
- The budget is posted.
- Includes an "Ethics in Government" page.
- Local tax information is provided.
- City-Parish Council members are all listed with contact information.
- Council agendas and meetings are available in a searchable database.
- Meeting schedule is posted.
- Zoning and building permit information is available.
- Audits are available.
- Information on how to make a public records requestand the forms are available online.
- Administrative officials are not all listed with contact information.
- City contracts are not online, but the forms for bidding on a project are available.
The Lafayette City Council voted to lower the cost of public police and fire records on May 4, 2009. The new policy gives citizens the documents at cost, and removes the possibility of the city using public records requests as a source of revenue.
Incident reports will be 10 cents per black and white page and 25 cents a page for color copies.
Speed camera referendum
In Lafayette, Louisiana, KVOL 1330AM personality Todd C. Elliot called for a referendum of a Safetyfirst initiative that would put speed cameras up at intersections across town. "It's not about safety, it's about generating dollars for Redflex first and City-Parish Government second," Elliot said, as cited by KATC-TV. "It's going to affect them so certainly the people should vote on it."
In the 2011 budget, the city took in $614,279,876. It comes from the following sources:
- Taxes - 22.92%
- Intergovernmental - 1.04%
- Charges for services - 7.10%
- Utility sales - 36.98%
- Communications sales - 3.47%
- In lieu of tax - 3.17%
- Int transfers - 15.37%
- Interest - .73%
- Other - 9.21%
In the 2011 budget, the city expects to spend $614,279,876. It will spend them at the following sources:
- Operations - 68.48%
- Int. transfer - 15.24%
- Debt service - 8.98%
- CIP outlay - 5.84%
- Reserves - 1.46%
Lafayette City-Parish Council Members
The members of the Lafayette City-Parish Council are Mary Morrison (District One), Jay Castille (District Two), Brandon Shelvin (District Three), Kenneth Boudreaux (District Four), Jared Bellard (District Five), Sam Dore (District Six), Donald Bertrand (District Seven), Keith Patin (District Eight), and William Theriot (District Nine).
Lafayette is a member of the National League of Cities, a lobbying organization that lobbies on behalf of cities at the national level. They are also members of the Louisiana Municipal Association, which lobbies on behalf of cities on a state level. Neither of these government sector lobbying memberships are mentioned on the city's website.
- Ethics in Government
- Tax Information
- Council Members
- Council Minutes/Agendas
- Meeting Schedule
- Public Records
- Lafayette records' fee reduced, JCOnline, May 5, 2009
- Louisiana: Petition Drive Calls for Camera Referendum, theNewspaper.com
- Lafayette City-Parish Council Members
- City-Parish President
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Durel Wikipedia, "Joey Durel", accessed June 26, 2011]
- 2011 Election
- National League of Cities
- Louisiana Municipal Association