- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Utility rates in Donaldsonville may rise in the wake of a budget shortfall in the city’s sewer department.

City Finance Director Sandra Williams tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1dqkufa ) the city’s sewer department shows a deficit of $337,000 for the fiscal year through February, caused mostly by transfers from the department to the city’s general fund to pay for other projects.

But even sewer projects were an expense, she said.

“We’ve done a review of the revenues and we know we need to adjust the utility rates,” Williams said. “Expenditures are falling in line, but each year we’re constantly making transfers out to the general fund.”

Transfers from the sewer budget to the general fund have come on an as-needed basis, Williams said. However, she said she has looked into ways to stop those transfers.

City Attorney Chuck Long likened the transfers to admitting the amount in its general fund and what it collects in taxes and fees is not enough to cover expenses.

No action was taken on the matter during the meeting, but Williams said the issue will be discussed at a future meeting.

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

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