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Nov 18, 2013 10:24 AM by AP

Port Allen council to address budget issue

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Members of the City Council agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Port Allen Mayor Demetric Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.

The Advocate reports council members also agreed Slaughter's ousting in Saturday's recall election won't heal the wounds that have polarized the community down racial lines during her 11-month tenure as mayor.

State law requires that Slaughter step down as mayor by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25 unless she contests the election.

In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass roots effort to remove Slaughter from office and 43 percent voted against it.

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