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Tanger shoppers could pay new tax

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GONZALES-- Shoppers at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales may have to pay an extra cent for every dollar they spend there.  Tanger asked for a one percent tax to build better roads in and out of the mall and to add more stores.

Right now, the Gonzales City Council is working to draw legal boundaries for the mall that would create Tanger Mall Economic Development District.  That would allow members of the council to vote on the tax.

Shoppers at Tanger are split on the proposed tax.

"I'm tired of being taxed, so I don't feel like it should be my job to pay for more buildings to come," LaTonya Broussard told News 2.

But some who frequent the mall look forward to the expanded variety, since they are happy with the discounts they already find at the outlet stores.

"Overall, I feel like that once percent isn't gonna make a difference," Brandeaux Grant said.

Tanger will hold a public hearing May 14th at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall to hear from shoppers.

Only the city council will vote on the tax, since no one resides within the mall's limits.

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