There was a big step taken Thursday night toward letting Calcasieu voters decide if unincorporated areas will get an improved sewerage system.
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury's budget committee approved a sales tax for sewerage expansion.
It would be a quarter of a cent sales tax for 20 years starting in 2015.
Officials estimated that the tax will bring in $4.3 million a year.
It now goes before the Police Jury on Nov. 7.
If approved, it will be on the April ballot.