- Associated Press - Thursday, May 15, 2014

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The Port Allen City Council has kicked off budget talks for the upcoming fiscal year by unanimously introducing a proposed $9.1 million spending plan for the 2014-15 budget year.

And unlike last year, the council’s harmonious introduction of the proposed budget, presented Wednesday by Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain, has city leaders confident the council will be able to lock in a new spending plan by June 30 - the close of its current fiscal year.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1ote17b ) the council was six months late adopting its current budget due to strife between a majority of the council and then-mayor Demetric Slaughter.

Lee said there are no major new expenditures in the proposed spending plan for 2014-15. McCain and the mayor said it mostly mirrors the city’s current budget.

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

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