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Jan 24, 2013 7:40 AM by AP

Zachary mayor explains overpayment error

ZACHARY, La. (AP) - Zachary Mayor David Amrhein said a discrepancy between an old city ordinance and the revised home-rule charter approved in 2010 has caused him to be overpaid by $3,200.

The ordinance specified that he and the police chief would be eligible for a 2 percent raise plus half of the Consumer Price Index inflation percentage each year, but the home-rule charter later capped their annual raises at the CPI percentage.

Amrhein said Wednesday that because the prior administration did not bring the home-rule charter provision to the payroll clerk's attention, he was overpaid.

The mayor said that because he has already paid income taxes on the overpayment, he will repay the funds through payroll deductions through the end of this year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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