New Sales Tax to Benefit LPSS Headed to April Ballot

By Toi Thornton | tthornton@cajunfirst.com

Published 02/15 2017 09:54PM

Updated 02/15 2017 09:54PM

The addition of a new sales tax could hurt your pocket a little, but also benefit your children. Tonight, the Lafayette Parish School System voted in favor of a half-cent sales tax measure that would generate about 194 million dollars for the system. The money would be used to get rid of 250 temporary classes on 12 campuses. That's half of the 500 portable classrooms in the parish. The sales tax would apply to all purchases except for food and drugs. Superintendent Donald Aguillard says its now up to the citizens of Lafayette to decide if this is important enough or not.
 
"We had a glaring facility need in the Lafayette parish school system. Roughly 6,000 students daily go to classes in temporary buildings. That represents about 20% of our student population. We have had temporary buildings on our campuses going back 30 and 40 years," said Aguillard.
 
Voters will head to the polls to vote on the tax measure on April 29.
 

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