Port Allen leaders continue to clash over city procedures

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - In July, Judge Alvin Batiste ruled the city of Port Allen would have to amend Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary from $65,000 to about $85,000, but at Wednesday's council meeting it appeared there are different interpretations of his ruling.

"She has not been in violation of any court order," said Slaughter's Chief of Staff Ralph Slaughter.

"You asking me and you want me to answer you. I'm asking you so you answer me," shouted Councilman R.J. Loupe a few minutes later.

Two ordinances were considered for introduction that would amend Slaughter's salary in conjunction with Batiste's July 2 ruling.  However, one making the increase retroactive to January 1, 2013 was voted down, while the other, which included language naming specific department heads, was introduced.

"I interpret it the way I do and I've read it and then I checked with my attorney and he said I was on right track," said Riviere.

"The only thing that will take care of that is getting the judge involved to really clarify things because there seems to be misunderstanding by the council as to what the judge has ruled," said Mayor Slaughter.

The city is still operating on last year's fiscal budget. Bylaws state the city can only operate on half of last year's budget before a new budget must be approved.

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