The St. Landry Parish Council has given their approval for an October ballot issue for a 2 cent sales tax proposition to go on the ballot.  If approved, the tax would generate around $7 million every year for road construction and maintenance in the unincorporated areas of St. Landry Parish.

The parish operates their road maintenance program now without a parish-wide sales tax or property millage to fund it.

Right now, the parish gets about $850,000 every year in state funding.  They also get $1.5 million each year from slot machine revenue from Evangeline Downs.

Back in 2004, former Parish President Don Menard tried to pass two parish-wide property taxes for road maintenance, but voters did not approve the measures.