Lafayette may be out M as state says reimbursement being neglected

Lafayette may be out $22M as state says reimbursement being neglected

Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s new pace of government may have Lafayette out $22 million for a massive drainage project that Louisiana’s state government says it will not reimburse over lack of documentation. 

Lafayette Consolidated Government was in line to get $48.6 million from the state for its massive Bayou Vermilion Flood Control project, which centers on two sets of detention ponds: four on the Vermilion River by Homewood Drive and four on Coulee Ile des Cannes near Duhon Road. 

The state has been reimbursing LCG since April for work on the project, to the tune of $19 million so far, according to Jacques Berry, communications director for the state’s Division of Administration. 

Lafayette may be out M as state says reimbursement being neglected

But since late June, issues with the project and LCG’s payment requests have caused the state to lock up the funding, leaving $22 million worth of reimbursements requested by LCG unpaid until the state government’s questions are answered. 

What’s the problem?

“We’re not seeing the communication we need to see from them in order to be able to reimburse,” Berry said this week. 

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