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Crowley passes budget for 2020-21

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Posted at 8:21 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 00:00:55-04

The Crowley City Council voted to adopt a budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year during a special meeting Tuesday night.

Tuesday's vote to approve the proposed budget comes one week after the council voted against it. Since the budget has not been approved, the city has since operated on 50% of its budget from the previous fiscal year.

Alderman Jeff Cavell told us last week that he hoped a budget would be adopted soon, adding, "I hope and pray there is some resolution to all this."

In August, Crowley Mayor Tim Monceaux released a statement warning department heads about a possible spending freeze if the council failed to pass a budget by the end of that month. He said that if a budget was not approved by the council on August `31, the city would be required by law to operate at 50% of last year's approved budget until a 2020-21 budget was adopted. The fiscal year began on September 1.

Now, Monceaux says he's ready to look past the budget battle and ahead to what this newly adopted budget could mean for the city.

"We're very excited about passing our budget," he said. "We're looking forward to moving ahead because we have some great things coming to Crowley. We can't wait; we have subdivisions that are coming and we're getting some ballparks here that are re-turfed. We're looking forward to it. It's going to be absolutely wonderful."

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