Lafayette,LA- Residents lined up to hit the polls as voters here in lafayette parish were faced with five property tax renewals and a partial rededication that would pay for parish fire protection.
"One vote makes a huge difference."
Ballot casters were able to decide on constitutional amendments and local millage renewals in Lafayette.
Charlene Meaux Menard with Lafayette Parish Registrar of Voters wants to remind residents that the outcome of voting affects the community around them. "You going to the polls and vote and voicing your opinions says a lot. To vote local make a big decision what's going to affect you and your children, your grandchildren future.
Micheal Barbara, a Lafayette resident did not vote early but sees voting on the weekend as a convenience for many like himself. "Instead of waiting in a long line and coming after work to where you can miss out, its best that you come on the weekend and get it out the way. You know make your vote count."
Lafayette residents also voted on two additional millage renewals that deal with the police department and fire department salaries, which brought Milton Lawrence out,"Police and Fire. They need a raise. You know its hard job dealing with the people...the public it's hard."
A 1.84-mill property tax that generates about $4 million a year for the library system was also up for renewal. Grant Besse says the library is worth a little bit of his income to support it. "The library system is a very important aspect of our community and through all the services they provide, I am definitely in support."
NEWS15 wants to remind residents that every vote matters and shapes what happens in the community around you.
The three voting locations in Lafayette Parish:
Registrar of Voters, 1010 Lafayette St., Suite 313, Lafayette
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center, 309 Cora St., Lafayette
East Regional Library, 215 La Neuville Road, Youngsville