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Gonzales budget circus continues

2 years 1 month 1 week ago September 08, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 Monday, September 08 2014 September 08, 2014 7:44 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

GONZALES- Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will likely use all ten days of his decision-making time frame to decide if he will veto the latest budget passed by the Gonzales City Council Monday evening.

Similar to the last budget, which he vetoed, the one approved in a three to two vote cut money from police and other services, including the Ascension Economic Development Council. Arceneaux has called the cuts unnecessary.

The city has been trying to pass a budget since May, when the mayor vetoed a budget that contained an $800,000 road study which opponents said only benefited a handful of council members.

Arceneaux said he will likely have a news conference at the end of the ten day limit on deciding on a veto. It will be then where he will announce if he will approve the budget or not.

Last week, Arceneaux and councilmen Kenny Matassa and Kirk Boudreaux along with Police Chief Sherman Jackson signed a recall petition for councilmen Timothy Vessel and Gary Lacombe. Vessel and Lacombe are two members of a three-person voting bloc that has blocked city government moves for most of the summer.

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