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Feb 7, 2014 8:45 AM by AP (MGN Online)

Attorney general to weigh in on budget battle

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks has asked the state Attorney General's Office to weigh in on his ongoing feud with the Parish Council over the parish's 2014 budget.
The Advocate reports at issue is whether the council's budget was legal or validly adopted on Dec. 5 and, if not, whether the parish's Home Rule Charter or state law governs how officials must proceed.
Ricks vetoed the council's budget Dec. 19, after District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said it violated state law and the parish's charter.
Perrilloux said the council's budget illegally omitted tax revenue dedicated to the parish's road overlay program, fees for the parish legal adviser and grant funds for ongoing projects.
The council overrode Ricks' veto, but Perrilloux said an override could not revive the council's budget because it was invalid when adopted.

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