May 15, 2013 10:25 AM by AP
After a plea from Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith to compromise, the city council agreed to scale back on a proposed budget reduction to the Slidell Police Department for the coming fiscal year.
At the same time, the council gave final approval to a budget of about $41.5 million for the 2013-14 year that begins July 1.
The Times-Picayune reports the city council was considering slashing $234,600 from the police department's $9 million allocation under Mayor Freddy Drennan's proposed budget. Smith lobbied for the council to reduce that amount by half, to $117,300.
After a long debate on Tuesday, the council instead voted 5-4 to reduce the police budget by $176,550, a figure proposed by Councilman Buddy Lloyd as a compromise between the two numbers.