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Iberia Chamber Supports Amendment 6 - Friday, October 26, 2012

"Iberia Chamber Supports Amendment 6

NEW IBERIA, LA- At the October meeting of the Iberia Chamber's board of directors, Janet Faulk-Gonzales, Chamber CEO, reported that the board voted to support Amendment 6 as it creates tools which provide the city of New Iberia with economic development incentives.

Previous to the meeting of the Board of Directors, Gerald Faulk, co-chair of the Chamber's Legislative and Governmental Division, facilitated a meeting for Chamber members focused on Amendment 6. At that meeting, New Iberia Mayor Hilda Curry provided clarifications on various aspects of the amendment. She clarified that the amendment applies to "property” in general and does not make a distinction between vacant and developed lands.

Contracts between land owners/developers will be signed with the City on a project-by-project basis and will be limited to a defined period of time. Mayor Curry further explained that the standard procedures, which direct annexation, are not superseded by the current annexation ordinances.

Robert Scott, president of the Public Affairs Research Council based in Baton Rouge, said Tuesday at a joint meeting of the Greater Iberia Chamber and the New Iberia Rotary Club, those political jurisdictions across the state are watching the outcome of the vote on this amendment, as it has implications for other communities. The issue is on the ballot statewide because property tax exemptions are privileges allowed only by state law; therefore, this amendment must not only pass within the City of New Iberia, but statewide as well.


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