PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A Legislative auditor's report released Monday on the Port Allen Mayor's office shows some issues. The audit identifies three problem areas: Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary, her automobile allowance, and travel expenses to the President's Inauguration.
The report says Slaughter's salary was set at $65,000 by the Port Allen City Council. Previous Mayor Roger Bergeron was paid $85,000. When Slaughter took office, she instructed the city's financial division to pay her the $85,000. "There is a problem in the area of the ordinance," said Slaughter. "The city needs to pass that ordinance before they make a decision on the Mayor's salary."
"They should be paying her at the $65,000 level," says auditor Daryl Purpera. "If she doesn't believe that, she should go to court." The audit report was released to the public Monday. State law requires that reductions in elected official's salaries must be "very specific" and this reduction was only done by a simple budget reduction.
"We tried to go back and look to see how that was handled. We could not find any records where a vote was made and an ordinance was passed in regard to the mayor's salary," contends Slaughter.
The audit also says Slaughter is receiving a $500 monthly car allowance which is not budgeted or approved by the council, which may violate state law.
It also says she maybe have violated state law by receiving city funds totaling $2,432 as reimbursement of travel expenses related to her trip to Washing ton D.C. for the inauguration.
The audit report suggests the whole matter goes to the courts to decide.