Port Allen city officials get some clarification on controversy in city hall

Port Allen city officials get some clarification on controversy in city hall
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Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 10:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 9:51am

The long dragged out fight between the Mayor of Port Allen and three city council members somewhat ended in a West Baton Rouge court room Tuesday. West Baton Rouge 18th Judicial Circuit Judge Alvin Batiste heard arguments in regards to a lawsuit filed by Port Allen City Councilmen Hugh Riviere, R. J. Loupe, Jr. and Gary Hubble, against the Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.

The hearing lasted from 9 a.m. to after 9 p.m. and ended up with what lawyers for both sides say was a win. Judge Batiste told the court room  there has been a lapse in upholding the law on both sides. 

The judge ruled the city council did not follow the proper procedures when attempting to lower the mayor's salary. Therefore, Mayor Deedy Slaughter will get to keep her salary at almost $85,000. However, the mayor must get the council to pass a budget amendment that would add the money back to it's current budget or get a court order.

Judge Batiste ruled the mayor can not pay any attorney fees from now on unless given approval from the city council.

Judge Batiste said he would not give a preliminary injunction the councilmen requested in regards to forcing the mayor to give the city's chief financial officer Audrey McCain access to the city's online banking account.

The judge ruled Mayor Slaughter did receive more than the allotted car allowance of $400 a month. He granted a preliminary injunction. He said the mayor could either pay the money back to the city or get the extra amount deducted from future allowance. He said the council could chose which of those repayment plans to enact.

The mayor did not come to court.

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