Dec 31, 2013 9:05 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
The St. John the Baptist Parish Council adopted its 2014 budget Monday after stripping out pay raises for Parish President Natalie Robottom and members of her executive staff.
The Times-Picayune reports the parish council had to adopt a budget by the end of the year, or Robottom's proposed spending plan would have automatically taken effect.
Since the administration presented its proposal in late October, the sticking point has been the 5 percent raise that Robottom proposed for her executive staff and herself.
Her budget included revenue of $60.7 million, the bulk of it from property and sales taxes. It called for spending $58 million, with about $21 million of that on salaries and benefits for almost 300 employees.