POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:02pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:36pm
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — The City Council of Port Allen unanimously approved the introduction of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year but the fight is far from over. The move comes after the council and the mayor failed to get a new budget on the books back in July. Since then the city has operated on 50 percent of last year's budget.
"I presented it the council didn't make a move. We discussed it last week. So we are trying to go at it again," Mayor Deedy Slaughter said. "Hopefully it will pass this time."
Some people living in Port Allen are concerned about the math the mayor used to create the budget.
"So if the city comes up short in actual sales tax revenue it's going to cause the city some hurt," Jason Hammack, a concerned Port Allen resident, said.
Other Port Allen resident said it's taking far too long for city leaders to get a new budget approved.
"I mean we are just getting the budget and here it is September," Reynard Douglas III, who lives in Port Allen, said.
Douglas hopes the tension at city hall won't delay the budget when it eventually comes to a vote.
"Port Allen is not used to new things, and they're used to the same old Port Allen," Douglas said. "Everybody voting the same, but it's different she's coming in with fresh ideas. They're intimidated."
In the budget Mayor Slaughter described where her administration plans on focusing.
"It's to take care of the economic downtown development, customer service, and our employees," Slaughter said.
The mayor states in the budget summary that she plans on giving all employees making under $40,000 a year a five percent pay raise. She went on to write all employees making more than $40,000 will have option for raise on a case by case basis.
The public will get its chance to discuss the budget on October 9.
Also at the meeting, the city council approved 3 - 2 an ordinance that would fix the mayor's salary back to just under $85,000 salary, it also included who would be a department head.