Calcasieu scales back sewer proposal
LAKE CHARLES - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will go ahead with a smaller, $110 million plan to expand sewer infrastructure in unincorporated areas and pay for it with revenue from a proposed sales tax, gambling funds and state grants.
The American Press reports the plan was scaled back from a nearly $150 million proposal introduced in July amid concerns over how it would be funded.
The current plan calls for paying for about half of the project's cost with a 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax in the parish's unincorporated areas - a reduction from the half-cent sales tax that was originally proposed.
The Police Jury is expected to call an election for the sales tax at its Nov. 7 meeting. If approved, the election would be scheduled for April 5, 2014.