PORT ALLEN, LA (FOX44) — Port Allen City Council members expected to hear about the city's budget Wednesday evening. Mayor Demetric 'Deedy' Slaughter did not address the matter.
The proposed budget has been going back and forth between the mayor and the council since before the July 1st start of the fiscal year. With just weeks away from learning whether she will keep her job, the mayor vetoed the city's most recent budget, saying it wasn't enough.
Mayor Slaughter added, "There were five things that were most important, like the police car, capital improvement..."
With the city running on 50% of last year's budget, public safety departments like police and fire could be at risk.
"Definitely terrible," said council member-at-large, R.J. Loupe. "Instead of creating jobs, we're running them off."
Mayor Slaughter also addressed when residents can expect the new budget. "Well, not this week, probably next week. We don't know. Hopefully if I could get this meeting together...it all depends on how rapidly we can get this meeting together so where we can all have an input."
However, the mayor and the council members did agree on one thing.
"That's what needs to happen, we need to come back together," said councilman Loupe.
Mayor Slaughter added, "We can negotiate. We do want to come together, and agree on the most important things we feel will help this community to move forward."