Port Allen, LA Update – 10/23/13

Port Allen council adopts budget, mayor plans veto

By Terry L. Jones

PORT ALLEN — The City Council adopted an amended version of Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter’s 2013-14 proposed budget Wednesday nigh, but the mayor has already said she intends to veto the $8.5 million spending plan because she says it doesn’t properly address the concerns of Port Allen residents and city officials.

The budget’s was approved by a majority vote with councilmen R.J. Loupe, Garry Hubble and Hugh “Hootie” Riviere in support. The three councilmen share a passionate opposition to Slaughter’s original $9.7 million proposed budget.

In her letter to the City Council, Slaughter wrote, at a minimum, the council should have approved a budget that included approximately $150,000 in funding for the lease purchase of 18 new Chevrolet Tahos for the Police Department and the purchase of street cameras to enhance public safety in communities prone to crime.

The mayor also stressed the need to fund the creation of a community development position that she intended to pay someone $60,000 annually to seek grant opportunities and oversee the revitalization endeavors for the city’s downtown and riverfront areas.

Councilmen Loupe, Riviere and Hubble all said they think the $60,000 Slaughter wanted to pay for the new position could be better used on infrastructure improvements or upgrades.

The council is already four months late approving a 2013-14 budget.

City government operation is in danger of temporarily shutting down if a new budget isn’t approved by the end of December.

5 Responses to “Port Allen, LA Update – 10/23/13”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    These council members have it right, they control what happens in city finances not the mayor. The mayor proposes a budget, then the city council reviews it, the public comment on it, council can make comments or suggestions for adjustments, then returns the budget to the mayor for adoption with any changes.

    Council members are suppose to watch for waste and inappropriate spending by the mayor and department heads not enable it.

    This city council will keep the city finances stable, in control and off the non-compliance list. This is city government operating as it should.

    Examples need to be made of the three corrupt city council members from Jonesboro who did not exercise their duty to control the mayor. They are as responsible or “more” responsible for the shape Jonesboro is in since they had the power to stop his out of control behavior yet enabled him.

    The DA needs to persue “Malfeasance in Office” charges against all three council members for the financial ruin of Jonesboro, a quiet, peaceful town until this mayor started trouble.

    Mr. DA, give the Town of Jonesboro closure on the atrocities committed under the leadership of this mayor and council members who enabled him, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    To Anonymous of 10-24 @ 9:48 a.m.: Good comment on the reasons Jonesboro is in the shape it is in. Of course, it all goes back to the citizens of Jonesboro. They may not have had the votes to keep Thompson from being elected, but they certainly had the votes to stop the Alderman at Large that we have now from being elected. If the right person had been elected AAL, the 3-2 conservative majority would have had the votes to hold the irresponsible mayor in check, as they did the first four years that he held office. That is why is it as important that we have an alderman at large candidate in the 2014 election that can use good judgment, if not more so, than the candidates for mayor.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Not only is it important that we have such a candidate, but it is important that all who are interested in turning Jonesboro around find a way to vote, both for mayor and alderman at large. It does no good to have qualified candidates if the voters do not go the polls and elect him or her.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I think DeeDee Slaughter and Leslie went the same “I am entitled since I am the Mayor” School.

    Looks like they were at the top of the class.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    I would say there is no top to that class. All of them are at the bottom.

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