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Jury OKs $6.6M budget

NATCHEZ — The Concordia Parish Police Jury adopted a budget with approximately $6.6 million in predicted revenues and expenditures for the 2013-2014 fiscal year at the jury’s Monday meeting.

During the public hearing, Juror Randy Temple asked that the budget be amended before it was adopted to include a $5,000 contribution to the economic development board.

Concordia Economic and Industrial Development District Director Heather Malone previously appeared before the jury and asked for $15,000 for a regionalism marketing campaign to recruit new business.

Jury President Melvin Ferrington said he would like the parish to contribute more funding, but he said budget constraints would not allow that.

“I wish we could do more,” he said to Malone at the meeting.

The biggest chunk of the parish’s expenditures for the fiscal year include approximately $2.69 million for public works and $1.3 million for finance and administrative expenses.

In other news from the meeting:

• The jury approved the purchase of a bush hog tractor for $17,819, a gooseneck trailer for $8,950 and various items for the parish’s pot-hole patching machine. The purchases are being paid for, Ferrington said, by road tax money, which he said must be spent for road improvement expenses.

• The jury voted to hire Silas Simmons LLP of Natchez to complete the parish’s 2012 audit.

• The board appointed Glen McGlothin to the Atchafalaya Trace Commission to finish the unexpired term of Tommy Polk.

 

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