Posted: Oct 19, 2013 12:27 PM by AP
WELSH, La. - City officials are considering a sales tax to make up for a deficit of more than $360,000 caused by a shortfall in Police Department revenue.
The sales tax is in the early stages of discussion, and no decision has been made on how much it would be or when an election might be called, Alderman Bob Owens tells The American Press.
The next available election ballot is not until April 2014.
Financial problems began earlier this year when the Police Department only brought in $269,171 of a projected $310,000 for its traffic enforcement detail. The program pays officers overtime to patrol Interstate 10.
The department also didn't generate a projected $418,999 in fines, courts costs and witness funds.