Jeff Davis

Oct 17, 2013 2:36 PM by Dwayne Fatherree, KATC TV-3

Lack of traffic fines leads to hiring, pay freeze in Welsh

Welsh Mayor Carolyn Louviere says a slow start for the town's new Traffic Enforcement Detail has led to a budget shortfall, which means a hiring freeze and raise freeze are going into effect.

In a statement Thursday, Louviere said the town's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year had projected $300,000 in revenue from traffic fines. She said required repairs at the police department and the slow start for the TED operation meant the revenues were not raised.

"It will take some time for these things to start earning the TED income, but we will work together to get back on track," Louviere said.

She said the town is planning to augment the TED income with electronic traffic enforcement and assignment of a patrol car to cover the town's section of Interstate 10 to get it back up to the budget projection.

She did not have a definite end date for the freeze Thrusday.




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