Debate over money shifted for juvenile services

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Posted: Dec 10, 2010 5:11 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Dec 10, 2010 5:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: metro, council, juvenile, detention, center, budget, tax, Kip Holden, Chandler Loupe, Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is accusing some metro council members of grandstanding. He says the council voted to shift $150,000 to the city parish juvenile detention center and juvenile services.

He calls that, "chump change." He says more than $20 million dollars is needed for a new facility.

That's why he included the center in past tax proposals. Mayor Holden says some council members are only pretending to be concerned about the center's money needs.

Metro council member Chandler Loupe sees things differently. He says he only voted for shifting the money after hearing comments from Former Police Chief Jeff LeDuff and juvenile services workers.

Loupe says it appears the proposed budget actually reduced money for juvenile services and he only wanted to restore some of the cuts.

He also says the mayor needs to work with the council to develop other solutions besides a tax increase.

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