YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) — The Youngsville City Council voted unanimously to call for a special election in November for voters to decide on the rededication of half of a one-cent sales tax from the police department to the general fund.

The council had voted in 2012 to rededicate half of the 1-cent sales tax for a period of two years beginning on Jan. 1, 2013. The proposed ballot issue would permanently rededicate that portion of the tax to the general fund.

The police department has a surplus of $1.5 million.

Councilman Tim Barbier, who doubles as Youngsville's fire chief, tells The Advocate the rededication of the tax allowed the city to use that money for other projects rather than sit idle in a surplus fund.