The Lafayette City-Parish Council is not ready to move ahead with placing a half-cent sales tax on the ballot to fund public safety improvements.  The panel decided last night to take the matter off the table indefinitely.  Even so, it could come before council again in the coming weeks and months and wind up on the November ballot.  Revenue from the tax would be used to finance construction of two new fire stations and keep the parish's fire rating from dropping.

In other business, the council gave unanimous approval to a measure that allows Lafayette Utilities customers the ability to opt out of having a smart meter installed in their homes.