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Lafayette, Louisiana

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Lafayette is a city on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Lafayette is the parish seat. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 110,257.

Evaluating transparency of the city's website

The good

  • The budget is posted.[1]
  • Includes an "Ethics in Government" page.[2]
  • Local tax information is provided.[3]
  • City-Parish Council members are all listed with contact information.[4]
  • Council agendas and meetings are available in a searchable database.[5]
  • Meeting schedule is posted.[6]
  • Zoning[7] and building permit information is available.[8]
  • Audits are available.[9]
  • Information on how to make a public records requestand the forms are available online.[10]

The bad

  • Administrative officials are not all listed with contact information.
  • City contracts are not online, but the forms for bidding on a project are available.[11]


Public records

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.[12]

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."[13]

Budget

Revenues

In the 2011 budget, the city took in $614,279,876.[14] 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%

Expenditures

In the 2011 budget, the city expects to spend $614,279,876.[15] 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%

Elected officials

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).[16]

City-Parish President

The Lafayette City-Parish President is Joey Durel.[17]. He was elected in 2003 for his first term, and he was re-elected unopposed in 2007.[18] He plans to run again in 2011.[19]

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

Lafayette is a member of the National League of Cities, a lobbying organization that lobbies on behalf of cities at the national level.[20] They are also members of the Louisiana Municipal Association, which lobbies on behalf of cities on a state level.[21] Neither of these government sector lobbying memberships are mentioned on the city's website.

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