Dec 7, 2012 8:24 AM by AP
CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council has approved a proposed $64.1 million budget for its 2013 fiscal year despite one councilman's concerns over spending parish funds for an expanded mosquito control program.
Parish Council Chairman Jimmy Brazan said during a public hearing prior to Wednesday's council meeting the money should be directed toward more important issues, such as flood control and a parish-wide sewage program.
In this year's budget, the parish provided $101,000 from its general fund for mosquito control.
The 2013 budget calls for the parish to apply most of the $225,000 in savings from its new solid waste contracts to fund a parish-wide mosquito control program.
The program would utilize three employees and chemical spraying from a pickup at a cost of $308,000.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com