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Legal process begins for Jeanerette's fiscal takeover

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The Louisiana Attorney General's Office has begun the legal process in Jeanerette's fiscal takeover by the state.

A Feb. 21 petition filed with the 16th Judicial District Court moves to appoint a fiscal administrator to oversee the city's finances until they're back in order.

Jeanerette's been unable to complete an audit since 2014, as much of the records needed to reconcile the city's finances did not exist, auditors have said. In an investigative audit, the state also found the city did not properly manage its utility system and owed more than $118,000 to its solid waste contractor.

The AG's office has recommended David Greer take over as administrator. A judge must approve the appointment.

Greer is finishing up his time overseeing the Tensas Parish community of St. Joseph, he said on Thursday. St. Joseph's financial picture had become so dire that the state took over its finances and declared a state of emergency when its deteriorated water system tested positive for lead.

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