Port Allen budget finally approved
PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect.
"It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that will move the city forward; after all we can start spending money again."
Gov. Bobby Jindal chose Robertson, a former mayor of the city, to fill the open seat after former mayor Deedy Slaughter was recalled in November.
Robertson says this time around, it was a team effort and she had no doubt the budget would be passed.
"Relief. That's the biggest sentiment, relief," said Councilman Hugh Riviere. "The employees never deserved any of this and those are the ones I felt for all throughout this process.
Prior to Wednesday, the city was running off last year's budget and had a couple of close calls with funds running low.
The new budget includes money for computer upgrades, six new police units, and $400,000 for road and drainage repairs.
The council also plans to advertise four new positions in the city's road and drainage department.
In the case of former Port Allen employee, Robin Ackerman v. City of Port Allen, the council voted to offer a settlement, which has not been accepted.