West Feliciana Parish Council fails to repeal Home Rule Charter

West Feliciana Parish Council votes not to repeal Home Rule Charter

WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Not enough members of the West Feliciana Parish Council voted in favor of repealing the Home Rule Charter.

The measure needed five "for" votes, but only received four, meaning it will not appear on the November ballot for public vote.

"The parish now will move forward the election, so we'll have the primary and the general election, and we'll have a new council seated come January 2016, and they will be able to take over and make the changes necessary to make the Home Rule Charter work more efficiently," Councilman Mel Percy said.

Residents sounded off at a public hearing about the possible change of parish government back to a police jury. The council voted on August 24 to hold Monday night's public hearing.

The parish voted three years ago to go from a police jury system to home rule charter, which set up a parish council. As part of the ongoing transition, a police jury of seven elected leaders would be replaced by a five-member council and president. Four council members would represent regions of the parish, while another council member would be at large.

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