Recalled Port Allen Mayor's proposed budget gets nowhere

Recalled Port Allen Mayor's proposed budget gets nowhere
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:57pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:39am

In what could be one of her final acts as mayor recalled Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter presented another new budget to the city council, but her attempt to get the council to formally introduce the budget ordinance failed when the city council didn't get behind it.

"This budget wasn't introduced. There was a motion and no second therefore that motion fails for lack of a second," Audrey McCain, Port Allen Chief Financial Officer and Municipal Clerk, stated. "A budget has to be adopted by ordinance and an ordinance has to be introduced, and it wasn't."

"My job was to bring it tonight and present it that's exactly what I did so once again that budget is in the hands of the council," Mayor Slaughter said after the meeting.

The mayor's proposed new budget won't move forward. For now the city continues to run on fifty percent of last year's budget.

"That's something the city council as well as the interim incoming mayor would have to work that and make that decision," Mayor Slaughter said.

City council members say they're going to have to work together to figure out what to do next.

Gary Hubble, Port Allen City Councilman, stated: "We will be talking and seeing what the next move is to go ahead and get an operating budget in place. "

But no matter what council members agree something has too be done about the budget, and soon.

Ray Helen Lawrence, Port Allen City Councilwoman, said, "We are ok for now, but we have to do it asap. December will be our date for the budget to be cleared. "

Voters chose to recall Mayor Slaughter from office. She has until Monday November 25 at 4:30p.m. to contest the election results. If the mayor doesn't contest the votes officials say Monday would be the mayor's last day in office. When asked if she would contest the results the mayor told NBC33 News she had no comment.

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