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West Monroe to propose sales tax increase

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WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — West Monroe's Board of Aldermen is expected to vote this week on a ballot initiative to raise the city's sales tax.

Mayor Dave Norris said the city wants to bring the tax rate in line with Monroe at 9.99 percent, an increase of 0.49 percent. The increase could generate as much as $3.8 million, though, Norris thinks those estimates are high.

If the board approves the initiative on Friday, voters will have the final say in December. Norris said city officials wanted to start the process early so voters would have more time to ask questions.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/WCzaAA ) the tax increase would be the first in the city since 1986.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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