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Airport tax election gets council approval

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — One hurdle remains before finalization of a Dec. 6 sales tax election for Lafayette Regional Airport.

The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1oF2RNR ) the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to call the election asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parish-wide to help pay for a new airport terminal and parking lot.

The next and final step to calling the election is to get approval from the State Bond Commission in August or September, Airport Commission Chairman Matt Cruse said. There's no reason to expect the bond commission won't approve the measure, he said.

Voters will be asked to approve a 1-cent sales tax on all sales in the parish except food and prescription medication. The tax would be collected from April 1, 2015, through Nov. 30, 2015.

In most parts of Lafayette Parish, purchasers pay between 8 and 9 cents in sales tax for every dollar they spend. They would pay a penny more if the tax passes.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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