Do you approve of Kirk Champagne as M...

Do you approve of Kirk Champagne as Mayor?

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Just a voice

Lafayette, LA

#2 Oct 21, 2011
Electricity bills have been problems for years. The city has worked with slemco and has done their best to curtail the bills. Mayor champayne is dedicated in helping our community in every way possible.He cannot do it alone. City finances are very diffUcult in these trying times just like every other business in town.just recently he worked on some city bonds that saved the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Please call him to discuss your concerns His door is always open.best of luck to you.

These are my thoughts , best of luck to you.
Its like this

Kaplan, LA

#3 Oct 21, 2011
[QUOTE who="annette m. marceaux"]we need to do something about our high electricity[/QUOTE]

The problem started some years ago by a former mayor borrowing around 5 million with little or nothing to show for it. The electricity supplier Entergy gave the City of Kaplan a rate reduction, but the Mayor at that time and his men said they did not know what the actual saving was going to be. So the Mayor said he put $150,000 in an escrow account. At the time a tiny cut was given to keep the residents from raising cain at a big crowd meeting, and it was said that at the end of the year the Mayor promised to reduce our rates. When it was checked out the $150,000.00 was not in an escrow account, only in a 3 month CD that was cashed leaving only $20,000.00 because the Mayor at that time said he needed it to run the city, and we never heard again about getting our rates reduced from 8.9 cent per Kilowatt and business 10.2 per kilowatt plus some businesses get an additional demand charge.

Clearly understand that Mayor Kirk Champagne and the present City Council were not in office and had absolutely nothing to do with causing our high electricity rates. In fact the debt created by a former Mayor has now been completely paid off by Mayor Champagne and the City Council.

Now on the fuel adjustment of about 3.5 cents per kilowatt that we all do not like because none of us can believe that it cost 3.5 cents to produce each kilowatt, but it is allowed by our federal government and the City has to collect it to pay the electricity supplier for the cost of the coal or natural gas used to generate electricity.

Mayor Champagne and our present City Council have paid off the Cityís debts and are not incurring big debts. Operating in the black will accumulate money which one day sooner than later may make it possible and lead to a utility rate reduction, which Iím sure Mayor Champagne and the City Council would love to be able to provide.
what a mayor

United States

#4 Oct 21, 2011
Lol a joke
My Idea

Kaplan, LA

#5 Oct 22, 2011
[QUOTE who="annette m. marceaux"]we need to do something about our high electricity[/QUOTE]

Good thing on one's saying the Sheriff didn't need that extra sales tax he won couple yrs ago. How else would he meet expenses in his department ?

It's the same with electric rates. They are used to meet the expenses of the infrastructure that is the City of Kaplan.

People, DO YOUR PART TO HELP OUT WITH HIGH ELECTRIC BILLS! Fix your homes, make energy efficient improvements. Help yourself and you'll help your high electric bills .
lsu fan

Abbeville, LA

#6 Oct 24, 2011
I approve greatly
srcitizen

Kaplan, LA

#7 Feb 7, 2014
He is not to be trusted with the cities money.
corn fed

Abbeville, LA

#8 Feb 7, 2014
great mayor, great guy. he needs to stay in office.
Ilovemytown

Abbeville, LA

#9 Feb 13, 2014
The Mayor is doing a great job!
poooooof

Abbeville, LA

#10 Feb 16, 2014
@ srcitizen --- YOU threw it out there..... TELL US WHY??

COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT !! TELL US WHY, and YOU'D BETTER HAVE YOUR FACTS IN A ROW !
salty dogg

Baton Rouge, LA

#11 Mar 1, 2014
A hypothetical question. If i have say a pipe burst under my home would champagne send city workers to fix my problems?
why would he?

Kaplan, LA

#12 Mar 1, 2014
If it's under your house after the meter base why would it be the responsibility of the city to fix it?
salty dogg

Kaplan, LA

#13 Mar 2, 2014
Exactly what i was thinking. A couple months back there were 3 city workers repairing a busted line behind someones home down 6 street i believe across from the old public pool. They worked there for a day and a half when clearly it wasnt the city's responsibility to fix due to the location of the line. I was told the home belongs to the parents of a successful lafayette businessman. Cant help but wonder where these monies come from and why do the citizens have to pay for this kinda thing. Is this why our electricity bills r thru the roof. Id say its time for a change regardless of who it is. ITS TIME FOR A NEW MAYOR PEOPLE!!!!!!!
why would he?

Kaplan, LA

#14 Mar 2, 2014
salty dogg wrote:
Exactly what i was thinking. A couple months back there were 3 city workers repairing a busted line behind someones home down 6 street i believe across from the old public pool. They worked there for a day and a half when clearly it wasnt the city's responsibility to fix due to the location of the line. I was told the home belongs to the parents of a successful lafayette businessman. Cant help but wonder where these monies come from and why do the citizens have to pay for this kinda thing. Is this why our electricity bills r thru the roof. Id say its time for a change regardless of who it is. ITS TIME FOR A NEW MAYOR PEOPLE!!!!!!!
If you think the other guy is better you are really misinformed. He won't even return phone calls or emails as a councilman. You think he will do something as mayor? Hahahahaha. Laughable.
salty dogg

Kaplan, LA

#15 Mar 2, 2014
[QUOTE who="why would he?"]<quoted text>
If you think the other guy is better you are really misinformed. He won't even return phone calls or emails as a councilman. You think he will do something as mayor? Hahahahaha. Laughable.[/QUOTE]

If you think champagne did anything constructive as a mayor u r the one misinformed my friend. The only thing laughable is the condition this towns in. We pay outrageous bills and it seems like all i see is a mayor whos using taxpayers dollars to buy votes. Why else would he have 3 city workers working on someones private property for a day and a half. Im not sure who the other guy is all im saying is its time for someone else with new ideas. This city cant take another 4 years of champagne
salty dogg

Kaplan, LA

#16 Mar 2, 2014
Oh and tires too. He used taxpayers dollars to buy tires for his personal vehicle. Isnt he now given 700 dollars a month for vehicle expenses to pay for these sort of things and if so why is he using the city credit card. Seems to me he wasnt expecting an audit so soon. Srcitizen is correct. Champagne cant be trusted with city monies.
help

Abbeville, LA

#17 Mar 3, 2014
in response to your posts 13 & 16 . Salty dogg This should help you. under the law the city can only go up to your city connection at the start of your water pipes, sewer pipes, gas pipes, and electrical meter. all failures past the city utility connections are the responsibility of the homeowner. if a job is too big and cannot be done by the homeowner, such as in a case past the water meter is a house on a cement slab, the city is permitted to do such a job, that you said took a day and a half so it must of been a bad break. to such a repair, the, the city bills and collects from the homeowner. this is a funny, but is a hypothetical salty dogg was under your house, it would be your responsibility or the Vermilion Parish dogg catcher. no I am not Kirk, not a council person, I do not worry for the city and I had to pay for something similar which happened in another city that I live in. on the issue, a news report said that the vender would not accept any personal check and he did not have enough money to pay for thr tire that blew out on city business in Baton Rougr. yes it is said Thea he has a vehicle allowance,which is why the Mayor promptly told the cit Attorney and the Legislative Auditors and paid back the city long before any audit report, so the Louisiana Legislative Auditors said his actions was acceptable. old dogg, why we're you not bitching when a prior mayor often used the city credit card to pay for meals and entertain his cronies which that prior mayor did not ever pay back the city for? I hear that thin Jerry candidate has done just about zero in his eight years as a Kaplan councilman, so Kaplan may not need a new mayor after all.
salty dogg

Houston, TX

#18 Mar 3, 2014
help wrote:
in response to your posts 13 & 16 . Salty dogg This should help you. under the law the city can only go up to your city connection at the start of your water pipes, sewer pipes, gas pipes, and electrical meter. all failures past the city utility connections are the responsibility of the homeowner. if a job is too big and cannot be done by the homeowner, such as in a case past the water meter is a house on a cement slab, the city is permitted to do such a job, that you said took a day and a half so it must of been a bad break. to such a repair, the, the city bills and collects from the homeowner. this is a funny, but is a hypothetical salty dogg was under your house, it would be your responsibility or the Vermilion Parish dogg catcher. no I am not Kirk, not a council person, I do not worry for the city and I had to pay for something similar which happened in another city that I live in. on the issue, a news report said that the vender would not accept any personal check and he did not have enough money to pay for thr tire that blew out on city business in Baton Rougr. yes it is said Thea he has a vehicle allowance,which is why the Mayor promptly told the cit Attorney and the Legislative Auditors and paid back the city long before any audit report, so the Louisiana Legislative Auditors said his actions was acceptable. old dogg, why we're you not bitching when a prior mayor often used the city credit card to pay for meals and entertain his cronies which that prior mayor did not ever pay back the city for? I hear that thin Jerry candidate has done just about zero in his eight years as a Kaplan councilman, so Kaplan may not need a new mayor after all.
Salty dogg has no say so over what other mayors have done in the past. When salty dogg moved here 5.5 years ago a mrs hardee was mayor. What salty dogg does know is something seems sketchy with the whole situation and my original question was would champagne do the same for me even though im not the parent of a successful business man. Like i said in previous post also was im not sure who this other guy is but One thing this salty dog does know is since hes moved here five n a half years ago the town itself has taking a turn for the worst. There are yards that look like they have been hit by f1 tornadoes and the amount of homes for sale in this town is unimaginable. Seems everyones scratching (no pun intended) to get out of this town. That alone says that our mayor is not doing the job we elected him to do. And yes i said we because i regretfully voted for the guy also. I also wonder that if the work performed by the city workers at that so called home on sixth street was ever indeed paid for by the home owner. Shouldnt a invoice of some sort or a reciept have been issued. Oh and i can assure you there are no salty doggs nor or there any busted pipes under my home. Thanks for the concern and have a RUFF day.(Pun intended)
very concerned

Kaplan, LA

#19 Mar 4, 2014
For you who don"t know it the current mayor has three or four names on here and he post shit making himself look good.Wake up before you have no more city or should I say town as the last census showed that we are under 5000 population now making us a town.
In the know

Cairo, Egypt

#20 Mar 4, 2014
salty dogg wrote:
Exactly what i was thinking. A couple months back there were 3 city workers repairing a busted line behind someones home down 6 street i believe across from the old public pool. They worked there for a day and a half when clearly it wasnt the city's responsibility to fix due to the location of the line. I was told the home belongs to the parents of a successful lafayette businessman. Cant help but wonder where these monies come from and why do the citizens have to pay for this kinda thing. Is this why our electricity bills r thru the roof. Id say its time for a change regardless of who it is. ITS TIME FOR A NEW MAYOR PEOPLE!!!!!!!
How do you know it wasn't Touchet who sent them out there to work? He is on the council after all.
In the know

Cairo, Egypt

#21 Mar 4, 2014
very concerned wrote:
For you who don"t know it the current mayor has three or four names on here and he post shit making himself look good.Wake up before you have no more city or should I say town as the last census showed that we are under 5000 population now making us a town.
And didn't you often post as a jolly fat man named SANTA?

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