LAFAYETTE — A volunteer committee tasked with exploring how local government can keep up with rising expenses for public safety, recreation, roads and other needs is scheduled to have its first meeting Wednesday.
The City-Parish Council, which announced the formation of the committee earlier this week, released names Friday of the five residents who will serve alongside three council members.
n Jason El Koubi, president and CEO of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
n Chad Hanks, a farmer and chairman of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority board of commissioners.
n Scott Hayes, with the705, a local young professionals group.
n Jerry Prejean, with IberiaBank.
n Sarah Walker, who served on a similar committee that looked at funding possibilities for facility upgrades and education programs for the Lafayette Parish School System.
The group will serve on the Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee with councilmen Kevin Naquin, Jay Castille and Don Bertrand, but the councilmen will serve only in an advisory role and will not vote on any recommendations.
Naquin, the council chairman, announced to formation of the committee at Tuesday’s council meeting
“We want to have the citizens looking at everything we look at and saying what they think,” Naquin said at the time. “We are going to give them the opportunity to see each department and how it operates.”
Naquin said there are no preconceived ideas on what might emerge, and there was no mention at Tuesday’s meeting of any possible tax hikes or budget cuts.
The council has set a target date of January for the committee to make its recommendations.
The meetings are open to the public.
The initial meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the main city-parish offices on University Avenue.