Mandeville calls Nov. 4 election to rededicate tax

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MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — The Mandeville City Council has called a special election for Nov. 4 to rededicate half of a 1-cent sales tax now being collected specifically for streets, drainage, water and sewer services. Under the proposal approved Thursday night, 50 percent of the tax proceeds would be funneled into the general fund, giving the city more flexibly in how the public dollars can be spent.

Pending approval from the state Bond Commission, voters will be asked to rededicate the tax money through 2029.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1jDmELg ) Mandeville voters approved the tax in 1999, authorizing it to be used solely for city infrastructure. Fueled by revenues of about $4.6 million a year, officials say the fund created by the tax has a balance of around $16 million.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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