- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - The West Feliciana Parish Council will keep money in the 2014-15 budget to fund 4 percent pay raises for some parish employees.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1slkqUE) the raises will cost the parish $70,000 per year and the money will come from areas such as the sewer funds.

The council’s vote effectively upheld a veto by Parish President Kevin Couhig of a previous amendment that would have stripped the pay raises.

But the council overrode Couhig’s veto of an amendment on funding the economic development board, effectively compelling the board to develop its own budget.

Parish attorney Mike Hughes is requesting an opinion from the state attorney general on whether the economic development board should submit its own budget.

Before the votes, Couhig urged the council to keep money in the budget for the raises. Health insurance for parish employees is expected to rise 11 percent and some of the raises would be used to help employees at the lower end of the pay scale deal with the increase, he said. Raises would also be given to employees who are “doing a good job, as a reminder that good performance is expected,” Couhig said.

Couhig and the council have clashed about budget issues in the past.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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