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PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget.

Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week.

Mayor Slaughter introduced the budget at the Sept. 11 council meeting, minutes before the meeting adjourned. The city has been using last year's budget since July 1 since a new one was never approved.

A number of people in attendance at Wednesday's committee meeting wore "we support Mayor Slaughter" t-shirts.

Last month, Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order setting the date for a Nov. 16 recall election. The election will give voters an opportunity to decide whether Mayor Slaughter should be removed from office.

Council members addressed concerns about police department numbers, community development funding and salaries.

"We have, you know, round numbers as far as the amount of salaries in each department," said Councilman Hugh Riviere. "But, I would like to see it broken down individually."

Councilman R.J. Loupe raised concern about who the mayor sought out when writing the 2013-2014 budget.

"Did you and these Chief Financial Officers get together plus the department heads to generate this budget?" Loupe asked.

There will be a public hearing at next week's council meeting to discuss the budget.

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