Councilman intends to change his budget request - KLFY News 10

Councilman intends to change his budget request

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LCG President Joey Durel inserted into the upcoming fiscal year budget pay raises of 2 and 1/2 percent.  Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux supports the proposal but was hoping for more. "When you're in the hearing process this is where we request information that we need to ultimately make a decision," explains Boudreaux.

Keeping to his word to try to find additional dollars, Boudreaux requested on Thursday all newly proposed positions be cut from the budget; that's regardless of department or division. "To see how many new employees are coming on.  Where they're going to be serving and what services they will in fact be providing," adds Boudreaux.

On Friday, KLFY News has learned that Boudreaux intends to remove that request but it formally cannot happen until the council meets next week. In an earlier interview, Boudreaux talked about why he wanted to pull the jobs. He explained that he figured it would have given the council a bird's eye view of finances, in relation to a larger pay raise for employees. "That has to be taken into consideration when you're looking at this pay increase; and then as government we decide how do we take care of those employees and individuals who have sustained us for the last few years," explains Boudreaux.

LCG Chief Financial Officer, Lorrie Toups says the cutting the proposed positions would have saved LCG about $2 million dollars in salaries and benefits.  Toups adds that 43 newly requested positions would have been removed; and 25 of those would have come from the public library.  The library director says not being able to fill those positions would have meant drastic decisions in terms of services.

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