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Calcasieu scales back sewer proposal

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 06, 2013 Oct 6, 2013 Sunday, October 06 2013 October 06, 2013 10:01 AM in News
By: Associated Press

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.

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