LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The City of Lake Charles has released a video giving an inside look at what went on behind the scenes at City Hall as employees worked through the turbulence of 2020.
“After the year we’ve been through, I tell you I was inspired and I am more appreciative than ever of our city employees,” says Mayor Nic Hunter. “So we chose this moment to put together a video and really record some of those experiences.”
Mayor Hunter calls this year an anomaly. As we welcome 2021, there are still obstacles left in the city’s path. One of those issues is housing.
“I am disappointed in the progress FEMA has achieved with implementing a temporary housing plan; though in the last few days, literally in the last few days we have seen some rays of light,” says Hunter. “It sounds like they are getting the message.”
Ensuring the lifespan of the city’s small businesses is another challenge.
“We want our small businesses to survive,” says Hunter. “We want our small businesses to be here for the long haul.”
The Mayor says even with the setbacks, there are no proposals to saddle citizens with additional debt.
“I’m happy to say, at this point, there are no proposals to raise taxes on Lake Charles citizens,” says the mayor.
Hunter says a strong fiscal philosophy has been carried on for years by the city’s administration. He says it pays, in times like these, to have a sizeable reserve to work with.
“There’s a lot of other communities in this country, who would have been brought to their knees, who would have missed bond payments, who would have had to cut services, do widespread layoffs,” says Hunter.
Despite the worst brought to the city in 2020, Mayor Hunter says the future is bright.
“2020 has been a punch to the gut for the city of Lake Charles finances, but this is something we will bounce back from,” says Hunter. “It’s something we will survive; and we will survive because we prepared ourselves for it.”
The city’s video is posted below.