Calcasieu Parish Mulls Sales Tax To Pay For Sewers
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Voters in unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish could decide next year if they want to fund part of a $110 million sewer expansion plan with a 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax.
The sewer expansion plan would be funded by the sales tax, more than $50 million in parish gambling funds and nearly $12 million in state money, the American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1g5csIf). The sales tax could generate $4.3 million annually.
Parish Administrator Bryan Beam told police jurors the parish would reduce a road and garbage tax levied in much of the parish if the sales tax is approved.
A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury must approve putting the tax on an April 5 ballot. The tax would begin Jan. 1, 2015, if voters approve.