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Tips to reduce spending touch on vehicles, garbage

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Posted: Feb 8, 2011 10:28 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Feb 8, 2011 10:28 PM
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Topics: DPW, vehicles, spending, Baton Rouge, councilman, Loupe, garbage, inspectors

BATON ROUGE - Citizens were put in charge of cutting waste in Baton Rouge a month ago and today there are more than a hundred leads in one councilman's office to do just that.

Chandler Loupe says he's had a great response, even from some people within city-parish government. The suggestions cover cutting garbage pick-up to just once a week, tips include misuse of city-parish vehicles and complaints call for fewer inspectors within DPW.

People we talked to say they like their garbage service just fine, and DPW Director Pete Newkirk says his department is doing the best it can with cuts.

Newkirk said, "We're actually short inspectors and my hats off to the inspectors that have been keeping up with the workload."

Loupe says regardless of the outcome, he knows cutting can be done and he wants people to point the scissors.

He said, "People are not going to pass another property tax unless they know we're spending their money wisely and I wish I could look them in the face and tell 'em we are but we aren't."

Loupe promises to investigate every claim, and hopes to be complete in six months.

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