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Councilman to offer sunset sales tax for drainage tonight

Posted: 4:30 PM, Jun 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-18 17:30:17-04

City-Parish Councilman Pat Lewis is scheduled to announce his plans to ask the council to call a parish-wide election for a quarter-cent sales tax for drainage.

Lewis must make the announcement publicly at a meeting prior to bringing the resolution forward, under state law. After that, the resolution will be offered on a July council agenda for the full council to decide. If the resolution is approved as Lewis is proposing, voters would decide the issue this fall.

Council staff provided the following, which is what Lewis’ announcement will be:

Notice is hereby given that the Lafayette City-Parish Council intends to consider a resolution calling for an election with regard to certain sales and use taxes on July 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at 705 West University Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana, 70506

We’ve reached out to Lewis for details, but The Current spoke to him and reported that the quarter-cent tax would have a sunset – i.e. it would go away – after five years. Lewis told the newspaper that he expected it to raise approximately $13 million annually.

To read The Current’s complete story, click here .