YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) — A proposal to permanently rededicate half of a 1-cent sales tax created more than 30 years ago for Youngsville Police Department has zero support from those racing to lead the department.

The 1981 voter-supported 1-cent sales tax, which was created to help the city's small police force and generated about $1.5 million annually. The city council approved a trial, two-year rededication period in 2012 that split the tax revenues, sending half to the city's general fund.

Now voters will decide Nov. 4 whether to make that proposal permanent.

Incumbent Police Chief Earl Menard tells The Advocate he wants to hire more officers and ensure the money is available to do so.

Rickey Boudreaux, who is a candidate for police chief, also said he's against the proposal.

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