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Aug 24, 2011 7:17 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Opelousas fails to approve 2011-12 budget

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The Opelousas Board of Aldermen has failed to approve a general fund budget for the fiscal year starting Sept. 1 after a lengthy discussion about existing and future municipal finances.
That action was preceded Tuesday by the approval of an amended 2010-11 budget, which included a general fund deficit of $711,710.
The board saw a tie vote when it tried to approve the 2011-12 budget, meaning the motion was defeated.
Alderman Reginald Tatum tells The Advocate the board's failure to approve the budget means the city will operate on the 2010-2011 budget for the next six months.

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