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Aug 15, 2013 9:13 AM by AP

Proposal setting mayor's pay moves forward

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - The Port Allen City Council debated two proposed ordinances setting Mayor Demetric Slaughter's annual pay, then agreed to consider one of them that also would grant department head status to five city government administrative positions.

The Advocate reports the City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday night to set a public hearing and vote Sept. 11 on a proposed salary ordinance submitted by Councilman Garry Hubble.

Hubble's ordinance, if adopted, would set Slaughter's pay at $84,960 a year. The city's mayor pro tem would earn $12,900 a year and the remaining council members would be paid $12,000 annually.

District Judge Alvin Batiste ruled last month the council must set the mayor's salary by enacting an ordinance, and not by merely stating the amount of pay in annual budgets.

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