Business View Civil and Municipal | March 2021

91 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL MARCH 2021 oilfield companies like WHC Energy Services and Halliburton. “We have a healthy business sector here, but we are fortunate enough to be in the heart of the oil field area, so that’s been good for us,” Bourque says, adding, “Small businesses, including many shops and restaurants, give the city its charm. We have a lot of supportive businesses, which gives us a quaintness in Broussard. Restaurants do well here. Cajun food is popular; people love us for our food.” The city is attractive to businesses looking for a home because of its many amenities, but also because there is no city-charged property tax. Broussard makes all of its tax revenue through its sales tax – it has to be earned before it’s collected, which is a great economic advantage when it comes to selling the city to potential businesses that want to locate here to supply services or manufacture products. Whatever the reason they come to Broussard, every person and business will be received with a general attitude of welcoming. “It’s their choice if they want to be here and we make it a point to thank people for making the investment, for choosing us,” says Bourque. “Whether they are a resident or business, it’s their choice, so it’s our job to be easy to do business with and to be the kind of place people want to do business with.” Looking to the future, the city plans to keep on going as they have been, continuing to invest in infrastructure. But wherever Broussard goes from here, you can be assured that it will be well thought out. “It’s very important to me as the mayor that Broussard is following a plan,” Bourque shares. “I’m not a person that likes to do things off the cuff. Creating a plan, getting input from our council, our residents, our businesses, whoever we can, to make sure that we’re making the right decisions long term for the city and then following that plan. Broussard is primed for Business Development! City Property Tax Rate 0 millage Taxable Sales (2019) $559 million Median Household Income $67,988 Total Households 4,605 Contact BEDC to learn about programs and incentives to help your business grow. (337) 330-2230 BROUSSARD , LOUI S I ANA Courtesy of Cecil Fuselier