EBR taxpayers may cover cost of dispute
BATON ROUGE - Your tax dollars may be used to help solve an ongoing dispute between the mayor and the sheriff.
East Baton Rouge Parish-President Kip Holden says the current system to handle federal, emergency grant money saves lives.
Homeland security money was under the control of the Mayor's office. That money is mostly used by the parish office of emergency preparedness. Last week, the state determined that control should be given to the sheriff's office.
Holden says attorney Murphy Foster, III, has been hired to fight for the city-parish side of the debate.
Foster could be paid up to $175 dollars per hour, based on a payment scale from the Louisiana Attorney General's office. Parish tax payers could cover the bill. Mayor Holden says he expects the state to cover the legal fees if the city-parish argument is proved.