Apr 23, 2013 9:52 AM by AP
A misunderstanding is being blamed for a part-time employee of a Lafourche taxing board being paid nearly five times the amount allowed by state law.
The payment for the part-time secretary-treasurer of the Drainage District 1 was the subject of a Louisiana State Auditor Office report released Monday that states the district's board could be in violation of state law.
An auditor's report found the district's Secretary-Treasurer Leroy Martin was being paid $1,200 monthly, when state law only allows for a $250 monthly payment for a secretary-treasurer.
The Courier reports Martin began handling financial records for the district in 1967. His starting pay was $275 per month.
The audit report indicates Martin and District Board Chairman Albert Guidry were unaware of the law.