Gonzales chief may be getting more than he asked for
GONZALES - A bizarre turn of events may lead Police Chief Sherman Jackson to more money than he asked for.
After months of back and forth and three vetoes over budget issues, some people had a hard time understanding what happened at a city council meeting Monday night.
Councilman Terance Irvin voted against his usual voting bloc and sided with Kenny Matassy and Kirk Boudreaux, two councilman he often votes against.
"It's time to move forward," said Irvin. "I think the public is ready for the police department and the council and the administration to move forward."
The vote was to allocate more money for Chief Jackson to purchase motorcycles and security cameras. The move, if approved in two weeks, would give Jackson almost $450,000 - more money than he asked for since this budget debacle began.
"If we would have just voted this in the last go around, just did the normal budget, you know, it would all be done," said Mayor Barney Arceneaux. "The chief would have his police cars and we'd be done."
In April, the mayor asked for a $437,000 budget that included money for nine new police cars, motorcycles and cameras. Three council members - Irvin, Timothy Vessel and Gary Lacombe - said the chief didn't need all that money for new cars and cut the department's budget by $110,000.
The council will vote on Mayor Arceneaux's 2014-2015 capital outlay budget on Oct. 27.