Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has refused to sign the last budget of his political career because councilmen added nearly $1 million in expenses.
In a memo to Council Finance Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux and the council dated Sept. 14, Durel said he was returning the budget ordinances unsigned because of council amendments throughout that increased expenditures by $966,483.
“While I understand that election year politics is at play, and I vehemently disagree with most of the additional spending, I have come to realize that the votes do not exist to prevent a veto override,” he wrote. “Obviously, I am disappointed in the council’s action and consider this to be highly irresponsible, but I have no desire to go through an exercise in futility.”
Durel warned the council that he might veto the budget, which dug into city reserves for projects councilmen added. The warning came as sales tax collections dipped for a third consecutive month.