Lafayette Voters Approve Airport Tax

LAFAYETTE, LA (AP) — Lafayette Parish voters approved a 1-cent sales tax that will be levied over eight months next year to pay for improvements at the Lafayette Regional Airport.

         According to complete but unofficial returns, voters approved the tax Saturday 59.5 percent for to 40.5 percent against.

         The tax will be collected from April 1 until Nov. 30 on goods and services except food and prescription drugs. The revenue, expected to be in the range of $35 million to $37 million, will be added to bond proceeds and airport grants to reach the $90 million needed for the project.

         In addition to expanding the terminal from three gates to five, with room and accommodations to later add two more gates, the project calls for more parking and a larger lobby inside the terminal.


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