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Lafayette Council to hear public input on budget

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Millions of dollars sits in the hands of nine council members; all with the power to make a decision on a spending plan that will determine how Lafayette Consolidated Government functions in the next year. "How do they want their police department to operate? What level of fire protection they want? What type of recreational facilities they want?," explains councilman Kenneth Boudreaux.

Boudreaux is the Finance Chair. Boudreaux has had his hands in the budget process for the past several years. He knows there's only so much money to go around.

"If you're going after nine council members and a parish president as oppose to the 250 plus thousand people in the parish, you're just hitting and missing at times."

"When we're spending money on something and they say why did you all keep this a secret from us? Obviously, it was never a secret. It was just nobody was paying attention," says Consolidated President Joey Durel.

Durel explains that he would rather hear from the public before the budget is adopted next month. Durel says 95% of the budget is the same from year to year. The other 5% includes adjustments that if not supported - could fall by the wayside. "It's important for the public to pay attention, because if they really don't like a particular aspect of the budget it's much easier to make that point. They might make a really good point on something we never heard, says Durel.

The public input hearing will be held in council chambers on August 29 at 5:30 p.m.

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