- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet has unveiled the 2016 parish budget that includes a 2 percent pay raise for police and cuts elsewhere.

The Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1YD5r6g) the budget Claudet presented to the Parish Council Wednesday night totals $202.1 million and contains $13.9 million for five-year capital outlay projects. This is a decrease from the 2015 parish budget that totaled $212.9 million and had $22.4 million set aside for capital outlay projects.

Early in 2015, Claudet said the parish suspected the budget for the upcoming year would be a “tough one” because of decreases in state mineral royalties and declining sales taxes collections.

Claudet says support and recommendations from the Parish Council have resulted the longevity pay adjustment proposal for police officers and support staff.

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

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