Voters to decide on sales tax at Lafayette airport

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved putting a temporary sales tax on the ballot later this year that, if passed by voters, would help fund a bigger, modern terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.

The Advocate reports eight of nine council members voted Tuesday to place the 1-cent sales tax on the ballot in either the November general election or in December. William Theriot cast the lone vote against the measure.

The tax would be levied for eight months, from April 1, 2015, until Nov. 30, 2015, and would raise around $35 million.

Lafayette Airport Commission Chairman Matt Cruse said the project’s total cost is an estimated $90 million.

He said the remaining money would come from bond sales by the airport and from state and federal grants.

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