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Councils to consider override of pay raise veto

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:01:05-04

The City and Parish councils will reconsider an item vetoed by Mayor President Josh Guillory at a joint meeting on October 6.

The councils voted to remove four pay increases for people in Guillory's office, including his director of minority affairs and his chief of staff, that were in the budget.

Guillory vetoed the removal last week, stating that the increases weren't "raises" but were due to the restructuring of his office and assignment of additional duties.

The councils now will consider an override. The City Council already has overridden Guillory's veto of an ordinance hiring an attorney to represent them in disputes with the Mayor.

In this case, the amendment was one of more than 30 general amendments approved by both councils during the joint budget adoption meeting. All of the general amendments were approved at the same time, with one vote. The city council vote was unanimous, and the parish council vote was unanimous as well, although councilman John Guilbeau was absent from the meeting.

In order to override Guillory's veto, four council members on each council would have to vote in favor of the override.