Lafayette council moves forward with proposal to keep collecting an extra penny sales tax


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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The Lafayette City-Parish Council is moving forward with a proposal to keep collecting an extra penny sales tax at the Louisiana Avenue/Interstate 10 interchange to pay for infrastructure to support a new commercial development.

The Advocate reports ( ) a final vote on the measure is set for April 28.

The council in 2006 approved a special taxing district at the interchange, where the sales tax rate is 9 percent, compared with 8 percent elsewhere in the city.

The extra tax revenue has been used to repay about $9 million in debt for road work, drainage improvements and other upgrades to lure the Target-anchored shopping center southwest of interchange.

The council voted 6-2 Monday with little discussion to move the measure forward.

Information from: The Advocate,

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