Gonzales mayor vetoes budget ... again

Gonzales mayor vetoes budget ... again

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - There is another possible showdown after a mayor once again vetoed the city budget.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed the budget of the city of Gonzales again Tuesday. The budget is now more than two months overdue.

Arceneaux said he is concerned about sharp cuts to the police department. He added he is also worried about stripping funding for the Ascension Economic Development Corporation from $75,000 to $50,000.

The city council has the authority to override the mayor’s veto. A vote could happen at next Monday's meeting.

The ordinances to cut funding to the police department and economic development were approved during a meeting on July 28. Arceneaux indicated at that meeting that he would likely veto the ordinances.

There was also contention at the meeting, as Councilman Gary Lacombe challenged Arceneaux's appointments on the five members of the planning and zoning commission. Lacombe made similar claims in a letter to the attorney general's office. In that letter, he accused Arceneaux of malfeasance in office.

Arceneaux sounded off about the accusation during the meeting.

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