Lafayette Officials Promote Tax For Airport

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) — Lafayette Airport Commission members promoting a Dec. 6 tax election have heard from voters that more terminal gates and parking are needed at the airport.

         Officials say the proposed 1-cent sales tax that would be levied from April 1 to Nov. 30, 2015, to help pay for the improvements.

         The Advocate’s Billy Gunn reports commissioners have crisscrossed the parish promoting the tax's benefits, which would bring in $35 million to $37 million.

         The proceeds would constitute part of $90 million needed to build a new terminal that would have five boarding gates instead of the current three.

         To get the full $90 million needed, the airport would borrow $30 million or more through bond sales, then rely on grants to fund the balance.

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