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Opelousas council members now have budget in hand

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Opelousas City Council members were given a budget on Wednesday, but that comes after a special meeting took place in Opelousas on Tuesday night to discuss a budget that was passed in October.

 The meeting was called by the chair of the budget committee, Sherell Roberts, after she says she requested a copy of the budget last week and was told it was not yet ready for review.

 "The reason I called this meeting was because I came up to city hall asking for a budget because some of the department heads were concerned about their budget because they hadn't gotten it. So I came up here, and I was told the budget wasn't ready. However we passed a budget since October, but the numbers weren't input. So I called a meeting so that we could fix it and move the city forward," Roberts said. 

City Attorney, Travis Broussard, said the budget that was adopted two months ago became law 10 days after it was voted on.

 "The mayor or the municipality either has 10 days to approve it, to veto it, or to do nothing. If 10 days lapses and the mayor does nothing, then that ordinance becomes law," Broussard said. 

Council members discussed amendments to the budget during the meeting and were told that a copy of the budget would be available on Wednesday.

 Some Aldermen are concerned that the city is still operating on an incomplete budget, but the city attorney says the budget became law ten days after it was adopted. 

Chief Administrative Officer, Rod Sias says that there was a glitch in the computer system and that numbers have not been entered. He states that the city is operating on 100 percent of the new budget. 

"This is a complete misunderstanding, in terms of the software glitch with Encode, that happens. We have other ways of tracking and we track our budget, we have been operating on 100% of the budget for 2 months now," Sias said. 

Council member, Julius Alsandor, said he just wants everyone to be help accountable. 

"We need to do better, because we were payed and we were elected0d to do better by the city by each and every one of us that sits at the front," Alsandor said. 

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