Panelists will discuss the merits of a proposed property tax increase for the Lafayette Parish School System at a forum Monday sponsored by the Acadiana Press Club.
The public is invited to attend the noon forum at The Daily Advertiser community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive. The panelists include Jeremy Hidalgo, Diana Lennon and Michael Lunsford.
Hidalgo is the District 9 Lafayette Parish School Board member and serves as chairman of the board’s facilities committee.
Lennon is a public school parent who serves on One Acadiana’s public education committee. She worked in favor of the failed 2011 schools tax proposal as one of the leaders of the Community Coalition of Lafayette Parish Schools.
Lunsford is a representative of Geaux Free TPL (Tea Party Lafayette), an anti-tax contingent that opposed the prior tax proposal.
Voters will decide in the April 9 tax election on two propositions. The first is an 11.5-mill tax expected to fund up to $380 million in school construction and other projects over a period of 30 years.
The second proposition is for a 4.5-mill, 10-year tax. Broken down, 2.5 mills will be designated to fund about $5.2 million annually for a maintenance and school improvement fund.
The remaining 2 mills will be dedicated to providing about $4.2 million annually for initiatives such as school resource officers, early childhood education, career and technical education and technology upgrades.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Acadiana Press Club Vice President Ian Auzenne. The Bus Stop food truck will be on-site for lunch.