This week, Bayou to Beltway speaks with Kevin Blanchard about the recent tax library initiative in Lafayette and what its failure reveals about Lafayette government and issues concerning the consolidated government charter.
Kevin Blanchard is current the chief operating officer for Southern Lifestyle Development. Prior to that he was Lafayette City-Parish Public Works Director and also Chief Development Officer for the City-Parish. We discuss the recent failure of the library tax, focusing on the precincts where this tax was popular and also those where it was unpopular. We probe what the disparities reveal about support for Lafayette City-Parish government and speculate about the importance of this divide on other issues of importance to this community including transportation, drainage, development, schools, and public services.