Gonzales mayor vetos capital outlay and general fund budgets

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 6:13pm

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed the city's amended capital outlay and general fund budgets. He announced the move Wednesday at a press conference. He said he could not support the cuts to the city's fire and police departments, and the Ascension Economic Development Corporation. The Mayor opposes the a proposed feasibility study in the city. He stated three city council members had supported using the money from the cuts to fund a frontage road feasibility study.

"I believe it is irresponsible and reckless to cut needed equipment from both the police department and the fire department proposals, which directly affects the safety health and welfare of our citizens," Mayor Arceneaux said. "...In order to provide funding for an $800 thousand expenditure for a road study."

Arceneaux said he's heard concerns from citizens, who didn't approve of the amended budgets.

"That's what I've been hearing from the constituents right now," He said. "look I don't want to see $800 thousand wasted... we don't want to take any money from the city police the fire department or AEDC who is brining business to Gonzales."

Some people living in the city told FOX44 they support the mayor's decision to veto the budget.

"It's the right thing to do," Neal Bourque, Gonzales resident, said. "I'm so proud of the mayor for doing what he is trying to do to get this city going back in the right direction and veto these silly amendments they're coming up with. "

"It was something we felt like he was going to do, and I'm glad he did it," Terrell Bourgeois, Gonzales resident, said.

The city council voted in the budgets 3 to 2 on May 12. The budgets would have gone into effect on June 1st.

Now the city council will have to vote on whether or not to override the mayor's veto on May 27. The council would need four of five votes to make it happen.

Mayor Arceneaux said if council members don't override the veto it's back to bargaining.

"Again we are going to try and work on this as quickly as possible. You know I said five months we can go, but I don't want to go five months. I mean if we can work it out within the next month I'd love to do that," Mayor Arceneaux said.

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