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Convicted Port Allen Mayor wants your tax dollars

4 years ago August 10, 2011 Aug 10, 2011 Wednesday, August 10 2011 Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:44:15 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN - Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis wants thousands of dollars of your money.  He claims the city owes him $19,605.60 in unused vacation time.

The Port Allen City Council is scheduled to make a decision on the matter tonight.

"I can't see voting to spend $19,000 of taxpayer money at this point," Councilman Hugh Riviere said.  "I'm not convinced the mayor accrued vacation."

The issue over "owed" money is drawing strong opinions from both sides.

"He took bribes, broke the law, they spent enough money on him," said Susan Williams.

Lewis pleaded guilty in a federal sting operation two months ago. That is also when he resigned as Port Allen Mayor.

"He received unlawful money already," Dillard Young said.  "They shouldn't pay him at all."

However, other residents in Port Allen believe the Mayor is entitled to the money.

"After everything Derek has done for people in Port Allen, I think he deserves his vacation time," a resident said.

Some Council Members told News 2 they are going to request an opinion from the Attorney General before voting.

News 2 will have a crew at the meeting and have the very latest on WBRZ.com and upcoming broadcasts.

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