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Another veto possible after Gonzales council approves budget

Another veto possible after Gonzales council approves budget
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Louisiana Politics
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 9:57pm

Mayor Barney Arceneaux says he has a lot of thinking to do and several conversations to hold before he either accepts of vetoes the latest city budget proposal.

The Gonzales City Council voted 3-2 to approve a budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which began June 1. The vote fell along the typical voting line, with councilmen Irvin, Lacombe, and Vessel in favor, and councilmen Boudreaux and Matassa opposed.

This is the second time the council majority approved a budget. Mayor Arceneaux vetoed the previous version because it included cuts to public safety and economic development to fund a controversial study of an Interstate 10 service road.

The version approved Monday night does not include that road study, but it does have cuts to the Police Department and Ascension Economic Development Corp.

Mayor Arceneaux was angry after the meeting that the council members would choose to take funding away from public safety. He said he will meet with various constituents in the next few days before he decides whether to reject the budget plan or accept it. His veto deadline is August 9.

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