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Ville Platte facing $4 million deficit, according to audit

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The city of Ville Platte is $4 million in the red. According to their auditors, the city has been spending money out of the general fund, that's not there. 

KATC reached out to Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, but was told she wasn't available. 

According to the audit, the city violated the state budget law because actual expenditures exceeded budgeted expenditures by 5% for the past two years. 

"When you have a deficit of that amount, something is not right," resident Arthur Sampson said. "That means poor management." 

According to the audit for 2017 the city has spent a total of $7,338,021 in expenditures, with revenue of  $3,007,908.

The audit shows $2,658,609 was used towards police. An amount of $866,070 was used towards streets and drainage. Culture and recreation used $480,082. 

The audit also cited the city for not publicly posting their budget hearing. The city council's next board meeting is Monday. 

To read the full audit click here. 

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