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Audit of Port Allen Mayor reveals possible state law violations, wrongdoings

Audit of Port Allen Mayor reveals possible state law violations, wrongdoings
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Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 9:24am

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 2:11pm

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released a report this morning that shows some wrongdoing on the part of newly appointed Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

Three major issues were highlighted in the review. They include the Mayor’s salary, car allowance, and travel expenses.

Regarding the salary, Slaughter recently raised her pay $20,000 without approval from the City Council. The audit notes that historically the council has defined the Mayor’s salary and it’s set within the annual budget. The only way to change that amount, according to the report, is to have it approved by the Council in a budget amendment.

Regarding the car allowance, the audit shows the amount was not included in the budget, nor was it approved by the Council, which is a possible violation of state law. Mayor Slaughter has received $231 biweekly since taking office in January 2013.

Regarding the travel expenses, it notes Slaughter may have also violated state law. It says she gained reimbursements for travel expenses related to her trip to Washington, D.C. in January 2013. According to the report, Slaughter did not provide an adequate reason as to why the funds, totaling $2,432, benefitted the residents of the City of Port Allen.

A copy of the report has been submitted to Governor Jindal, the Attorney General, and to other public officials. We have attached a full PDF copy of the audit to this story.

NBC33’s Kris Cusanza is tracking this story and will have a full report at 5:00, 6:30 and 10:00. Until then, we want to know what you think about the findings. Tell us your thoughts on the NBC33 Facebook page.

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