The proposed fiscal 2009 budget for the Lafayette Consolidated Government calls for expenditures some 15% higher than in 2008, fueled by projected increases in sales and property tax revenue for the combined city-parish government.

City-parish government officials said they expected sales tax collections to be up 10.5% over fiscal 2008, and property tax revenue is projected to increase by at least 28.8%. The budget must be approved by Sept. 30 for the fiscal year that begins Nov. 1.

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