- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish departments have slashed almost $6 million in budgeted expenditures in a precautionary move to keep the budget balance amid uncertain economic times.

Parish President Gordy Dove tells The Courier (http://bit.ly/25p1gkt) the exact total in proposed cuts totals in the region of $5.8 million, but he said the department heads managed to trim wherever possible while keeping services intact.

Dove said he receives weekly, sometimes more often, reports on the parish’s financial footing.

The announcement comes a month after the parish froze hiring and merit pay raises in an effort to prevent potential layoffs should sales tax revenues not rebound in the coming months.

While the first two months of the year showed the parish 13 percent off budget, Dove says March was only about two percent off.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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