- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 1-cent sales tax dedicated to fund construction of a new passenger terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport has ended.

The temporary tax ended Monday night after eight months, The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1N0CEAa) reports.

In Dec. 2014, the Lafayette Parish voted to levy the 1-cent sales tax for the defined period of April 1 to Nov. 30. The money generated is expected to go toward building a $90 million passenger terminal. The tax was expected to bring in about $35 million, but total collections will not be known until January.

Federal grants and money from state government and airport cash and debt will also go toward the construction of the terminal.

Airport Executive Director Steven Picou said the terminal is part of $150 million in future projects at the airport. He says construction of a bigger terminal, an expanded parking lot and other upgrades could be completed by 2021.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel said the temporary tax could be used as a model to fund future projects. He recalled a 2006 1-cent tax proposition that was defeated because, according to him, people didn’t want to pay a tax forever.

The Airport Commission has also launched a new website dedicated to helping companies that might want to carry out some of the airport projects. The commission is currently seeking a design team that can demonstrate the ability and resources to perform the scope of services requested for the projects.

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