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Proposed pay cuts for city leaders


It's a back and forth between the mayor and an alderman in Opelousas over a proposed pay cut for city leaders.

Mayor Donald Cravins, Sr. is attempting to reduce the salary of the city's administration starting with his own salary and the salary of council members as well. The proposed cut has been on the council meeting's agenda for quite a few months. It would cut down both salaries by 15 percent, but the Mayor said he is also open to cuts potentially being higher.

Cravins stressed during the past several months that in his opinion both the mayor and aldermen earn too much money for a city the size of Opelousas. He believes it's unfair to expect people to work at minimal pay while council members are paid such exorbitant salaries. Not everyone on the council is in agreement with the proposal.

"I'm being met with opposition, primarily from one person on the council," said Mayor Cravins. Cravins is referring to alderman and budget committee member Reginald Tatum. Tatum said in his opinion the pay cut is ludicrous since the salaries have been what they have for the past 12 years. The council has already voluntarily given up a 2.5 percent pay increase for the past eight years.

There's also one more reason Tatum said he's not in full agreement with Mayor Cravins. "It's sour grapes from the mayor. Ironically, he's saying this is going to save money, but for the past eight years he has made $80,000 and he's never brought this up. All of a sudden when he finds out I'm running for mayor he wants to cut the mayor's salary to what he's cutting it to," said Reginald Tatum, Opelousas Alderman District D. 

Mayor Cravins said he is running for re-election later this year and if the proposed pay cut is not passed, he will continue to push for approval by budget committee.

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