Mayor vetoes budget in Gonzales

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GONZALES, La. (AP) — Mayor Barney Arceneaux has vetoed the city's amended general fund and capital outlay budgets that were passed by the Gonzales City Council earlier this month.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1lGku8x) that Arceneaux objected to slashing funding for the Ascension Economic Development Corp. and funding cuts for equipment for the police and fire departments.

Under the budget, funding for the economic development group would have dropped from $100,000 to $25,000.

Council members said the cuts were intended to free money for an $800,000 study of a new service road along Interstate 10. The budget passed on a 3-2 vote.

"The three councilmen who voted for the budget amendments that I object to have provided no information whatsoever as to how the $800,000 cost estimate was arrived at nor how or where it would be spent," Arceneaux said Wednesday.

"I cannot agree to allocate $800,000 to a project surrounded by so many unanswered questions," he said.

The three councilmen who voted for the budget changes are Gary Lacombe, Timothy Vessel and Terance Irvin.

It will take four votes of the five-member council to override the mayor's veto when the council meets on Tuesday.

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

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