Group Files Lawsuit Against City Of Lafayette Over TIF Districts
New tax districts do not comply with state law.
That's according to several plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the city of Lafayette, Friday regarding new TIF Districts.
KLFY reports that the plaintiffs named in the suit are Timothy Supple, Jeremiah Supple, Keith Kishbaugh, Carol Ross, Mark Tolson, and Ross Little.
The six are represented by They are represented by attorney Brown Sims & Lane Roy.
According to reports the lawsuit asks for the 15th Judicial District Court to declare the ordinances O-225-2019 to O-234-2019 null and void in their “present form, not having met the requirements of appropriate legal creation under the state law.”
The Lafayette City-Parish Council passed five economic development centers (EDD) in their final meeting of the year on Dec. 17.
The lawsuit against the EDD’s claims the city did not give 30 days between introductions and enactments of the EDDs when they were created.
It also claims the public did not get 10 days notice for the ordinances introductions.
The Lafayette Consolidated Government claimed that the state law allows them to introduce TIF districts and the Home Rule Charter sec. 2-12 lines out how much time must be allowed when they introduced the new taxing districts.
The five districts that will be affected by these EDD's include Downtown, Trappey, Northway, University Gateway, and the Holy Rosary Institute.
Members of the city-parish council announced special public hearings next week to launch the districts.
The special meetings will be next Thursday at 5:30 pm and next Friday at noon.