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In contentious meeting, Port Allen budget not approved

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PORT ALLEN - A special council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night in Port Allen to talk about Mayor Deedy Slaughter's proposed budget, failed to do what it was set to finalize.

The council did not settle on a motion that would publicly discuss Slaughter's city budget plan. The Council argued the budget was not properly introduced at a prior meeting.

"It was not introduced properly," said Councilman Hugh Riviere.

Two councilman said they haven't had time to review the entire budget, and three said they would not vote for the current proposed pages. But, City Attorney Victor Woods supported the mayor and said the budget was properly introduced.

"Her obligation under the specific statute, is to introduce the ordinance for which she proposed, she has done that," he said.

At a packed meeting, concerned citizens approached the council and demanded answers about the budget.

"Do you guys have enough time or the knowledge to do this without thoroughly going over this budget," one resident said.

The fiscal year begins July 1, the deadline for the budget approval. If the council does not compromise, Port Allen will operate on the city's current budget, until a special session is called by the mayor.

The mayor would not answer questions after the meeting, and was escorted out by police.

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