Lafayette officials working on budget

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The Lafayette City-Parish Council is moving into the final stage of reviewing next year's proposed budget with two major amendments still in question.

The Advocate reports the council has been going line-by-line through City-Parish President Joey Durel's proposed budget in a series of hearings over the past month.

The final formal hearing was held late Thursday, and the council is scheduled to meet Sept. 5 in what is being described as “wrap-up” session to tie up any loose ends.

The council has handled the administration's proposed budget with a light touch but two major changes are on the table, including one that would bump the administration's proposed 2.5 percent across-the-board employee pay raise up to 3 percent. If approved, that would raise the cost from about $2.8 million to about $3.3 million

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