Chamber ponders city-parish charter change

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – A Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce task force is exploring a tweak to city-parish government that could give council members from the city more control over city affairs.

The Advocate reports the move comes after voters in 2011 soundly defeated a deconsolidation proposal to undo the 1996 merger of the once-separate city and parish governments, with 63% voting against the measure.

The chamber had opposed the deconsolidation proposal but advocated for some arrangement short of separation that would give city council members more control over city issues, such as the budgets.

Chamber Vice-President Bruce Conque (KONK) the specifics of any recommendation that might emerge are still in play, but “the group is in no way considering revisiting deconsolidation.”

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