Sep 12, 2013 9:14 AM by AP
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish Council has voted 9-4 to allow voters to decide on allocating 3/4 of a mill from the parish library system's 6 mills to potentially fund a 26-mile levee project around the coastline.
The original resolution was to take 1.5 mills from the library and allocate that property tax money to the levee. After heated discussion from library board members, levee board members and concerned residents, Councilman Bernard Broussard introduced the substitute resolution.
The library is allocated 6 mills, but it only uses 4.5 mills.
Kathleen Miles, director of the library system, said the 4.5 mills generates about $2.2 million annually and the library system has about $3 million in its reserve fund.