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LCG adopts new budget with 3.5% pay raises

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Thursday night the Lafayette Consolidated Council gave final approval to the new budget. The budget does not include a 2.5% percent pay raise for parish employees. The council instead approved adding to the budget a 3.5% percent pay raise. "3.5% is a nice raise, but they got nothing for the last 2 years," adds LCG President Joey Durel.  Durel explained that the employees deserve the money for the sacrifice of doing without.

City Parish Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux's canceled request to cut all newly proposed positions from the budget triggered a response. A response to find more money to give consolidated workers a larger pay raise.   It apparently worked.   "At the end of the day, it's about having a balanced healthy budget; that we've accomplished.  The revenues were available and there for use.  So, the process is good," says Boudreaux.

So good that, the administration received word that property tax revenues are estimated to be higher than initially projected. Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley says about $850,000 higher. Boudreaux is also the council's finance chairman. "The finance chair asked that we provide an exhibit that would accomplish the items that you see here on the exhibit; with the exception of the Utility Director, which was the request of the administration," says Stanley.

The exhibit includes proposed salary increases for department heads: $5,000 for the Fire Chief, $10,000 for the Director of Parks and Recreation, $100,000 for Utilities Director, Terry Huval.  Durel explains to the council that the increase puts that position where it should be.

Durel adds that Huval deserves it for the work he's performed for both LUS and LUS Fiber. "Bring it to a Multi-Million dollar success.  Something that has put us on the map; all over the world and not get a penny difference in salary," says Durel.

LCG Chief Financial Officer Lorrie Toups explained that the deletion of some unfilled positions also helped balance the budget for the pay increases.  "Not counting the council's office the additions are $157,726 and the deletions are $162,136," says Toups.

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