Major service cuts for CATS may be premature

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some say a recent report about major service cuts for the CATS bus system may be a little premature. The CEO of CATS says they stand to lose millions; and even with the new tax, they will have to restructure some things.

There are several things working against the bus system budget. An Attorney General's ruling says part of their tax isn't enforceable and now there's a question as what, if anything, they will get from the city-parish budget.

CATS CEO Bryan Marshall says there will be some necessary changes.

"The next part of the process is to deliver to the public what those scenarios look like. Let the public guide us as to what is more palatable," said Marshall.

Marshall says it's not as simple as calling the mayor's office and asking what's going on. "I know the budget process for the entire city budget is very complex. It maybe where the mayor puts us in, but the metro council takes us out. It could be where the Mayor does not put us in and the Metro Council takes us out. We don't know yet, but we do know they have to go through their process," he said.

Regardless of what happens in this wait-and-see mode situation, Marshall says the changes wouldn't take effect until the end of next year or beginning of 2014.

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