Library in, Bayou Country money out of EBR budget
BATON ROUGE - An action to remove the downtown library from the 2011 budget for East Baton Rouge Parish has failed, but moving money that was intended to help the Bayou Country Superfest has been approved by the Metro Council.
Council members voted 7 to 5 in favor of a motion to delete the construction of a new library downtown from the budget, but the motion needed eight votes in order to pass. $19 million had already been set aside from the mayor's budget to pay for the library, and the motion did not include a plan for what would be done with that money.
However, council members approved splitting up $300,000 that had been set aside to help fund the Bayou Country Superfest music festival. That money would instead be split three ways, with $50,000 going to juvenile services, $100,000 going to the juvenile detention facility, and $150,000 going to the alcohol and drug center.
The council also approved moving an additional $250,000 out of the mayor's budget and into the budget for the District Attorney's office.
The budget, as amended, was approved with one objection from Councilman Joel Boe.
News 2's Ashley Rodrigue will have more details about tonight's Metro Council meeting and the parish's 2011 budget coming up on News 2 at 10.