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Crowd supports breakup of Lafayette government

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Posted: Mar 23, 2010 7:06 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Mar 23, 2010 8:24 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Lafayette City-Parish Council, consolidated government, Lafayette, vote, repeal, charter, government, town hall, meeting, public, vote

A large crowd showed up at the first of several town-hall meetings to demand a public vote to separate Lafayette parish and city governments.

The City-Parish Council has been debating whether to allow voters a say on returning to the two separate governments that existed before consolidation in 1996.

The group of mainly Lafayette city residents complained of a system in which council members who are elected by people in rural areas have too much authority over affairs within the city.

The City-Parish Council was scheduled to vote earlier this month on whether to put deconsolidation on the November ballot.

They have deferred action and it is unclear when or if the measure might be decided.

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