- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A supplement to Mayor Jacques Roy’s salary dominated discussion at a contentious Alexandria City Council committee meeting.

The supplement, of more than $13,000 annually, was part of the major budget amendment that came before the council this week. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1caiTaK ) the amendment passed by a 4-3 vote.

The major budget amendment is designed to “true up” the city’s budget midway into the fiscal year by more accurately accounting for revenue and expenses that were projected at the start of the year.

When the amendment came up for discussion at the council’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday, three council members criticized the inclusion of the supplement.

The supplement, City Attorney Chuck Johnson and Finance Director David Johnson said, reflected a cost-of-living increase spelled out in the city charter. That supplement was not budgeted in recent years. The figure included in the budget amendment includes the cost-of-living increase for this budget year and previous years when it was not included.

Council members Jules Green, Ed Larvadain and Mitzi LaSalle argued against budgeting the supplement unless city employees were given a permanent raise. Employees were given a one-time pay supplement this year.

All three voted against the amendment at the council meeting following the committee meeting.

“It is just ludicrous to me that we would entertain this type of payment to the mayor and we as a council chose not to give employees a permanent pay raise, but a supplemental pay raise,” Green said.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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