Heading into adoption, New Iberia city council members are still projecting a multi-million dollar budget deficit for 2014.
"It looks like our deficit is still going to be close to two million dollars," says Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Doerle.
Doerle says $320,000 of the deficit is from the fire department budget and is covered by taxes.
"We have dedicated taxes that can take care of that deficit," says Doerle.
More than $1 million dollars of the deficit is from building a sewage plant in 2005, which is covered with a user fee increase from this past summer.
"Doing that gave us an opportunity to renegotiate our bonds and borrow more money to pay for the debt. And when we did that we saved money on interest," says Doerle.
Q: So, really the deficit we're looking at is about $160,000?
Doerle: "I would think so. That would be a real number that we have to be concerned about," says Doerle.
To help cover the $160,000 deficit he says the city will continue their hiring freeze.
"We have about 50 employees less than we had two years ago," says Doerle.
He also says, using all, not just some, of the mils voters approved for the city's Parks and Recreation Department is helping, too.
"That collects us about $100,000 a year," says Doerle.
But, he says, parks and recreation was also the department hit hardest in next year's budget.
"Their budget is down to $1,100,000 and it was all the way up to at $1,300,000 at one point, so that department is probably taking the biggest hit so far that I can see," says Doerle.