Battle lines drawn over Livingston Parish budget
LIVINGSTON- The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday.
The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would say whether the council will reduce funding for road work and professional services, as it did for 2013.
Parish President Layton Ricks says he is prepared to consider another round of line-item vetoes should the council again slash his proposed budget.
Ricks issued 36 vetoes to the 2013 budget, but the council unanimously overrode them, kicking off a year of fighting over control of parish expenses.