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Dec 1, 2009 12:02 PM by AP

Cajundome dispute on school board agenda

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board on Wednesday will discuss a proposal to end a dispute between the Cajundome Commission and the board over back taxes.
It will take place behind closed doors.
"An open meeting will have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Board," an agenda item reads.
The Cajundome Commission last week, after meeting in closed session for about an hour, gave its approval to a proposal that would settle a lawsuit it filed against the school system and the state Department of Revenue.
Details of that settlement were not released.
Lafayette attorney Gary McGoffin, who represents the Cajundome Commission, has said the school board and a district judge must accept the settlement before the details are made public.
Because of the pending sales-tax issue, the school system's sales-tax director in October withheld a clearance certificate that the Cajundome needed to renew its liquor permit.
A deal was ironed out so the Cajundome could receive its liquor permit. The proposed settlement is a result of those negotiations.
The dispute began when the director of the Lafayette Parish Schools' sales-tax division realized the Cajundome had not remitted sales taxes on items it sold between 2004 and June 2008.
The Cajundome filed a lawsuit arguing that, as a government entity, it is exempt from paying sales tax. A judge ruled that the exemption applies to items the Cajundome buys, not items it sells.
Since June 2008, the Cajundome has been collecting sales tax and holding it in escrow until the matter is settled. The school system says the Cajundome still owes more than $1 million.
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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board will discuss a proposal to end a dispute between the Cajundome Commission and the board over back taxes.
The Advertiser of Lafayette reports it will take place Wednesday behind closed doors.
The Cajundome Commission last week gave its approval last week to a proposal that would settle a lawsuit it filed against the school system and the state Department of Revenue.
Lafayette attorney Gary McGoffin, who represents the Cajundome Commission, has said the school board and a district judge must accept the settlement before the details are made public.
Since June 2008, the Cajundome has been collecting sales tax and holding it in escrow until the matter is settled. The school system says the Cajundome still owes more than $1 million.
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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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