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Federal funds has two parish leaders battling

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 2:47pm

BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) - The battle over federal dollars continues between two East Baton Rouge Parish leaders.
You may recall, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Mayor-President Kip Holden have been butting heads over how to spend over a million dollar in grant money for emergency preparedness in the parish.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security requires that the sheriff has to approve and sign on those grant applications.
The sheriff says he hasn't seen the spending plan and he hasn't signed off on it.
The mayor says, the sheriff shouldn't have that authority.
Now, the state is forced to take action, so the parish can start using that money.
The director of Gohsep sent a letter to the Mayor's Office of Homeland Security on July 5th, letting them know that they're taking over the grants.
That money will be split up between the two leaders.
The sheriff will get 25 percent of the money to spend on all law enforcement in the parish, and the mayor will get the rest for homeland security.
Mayor-President Kip Holden says, Gohsep is fueling the fire for more argument.

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