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St. Landry council to discuss reducing council, president salaries

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 16:58:35-05

The St. Landry Parish Council will consider reducing their salaries and that of the parish president today.

The meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. at 131 W. Bellevue Street in Opelousas.

Up for final adoption tonight are two ordinances that would slash the salaries of the council members and of Parish President Bill Fontenot.

One ordinance would reduce Fontenot's salary from the current $105,000 annually, which it has been since 2016, to $85,000 annually. The parish charter sets the president's salary at $65,000 but that was increased to $105,000 in 2016.

Another ordinance would reduce the monthly salary of council members by 20 percent. Council members are paid $12,672 annually.

The pay cuts were proposed earlier this year, as a way to find money to give parish employees a cost of living increase, which they have not had for 10 years. The discussion was tabled back then, but the council member who proposed it said he would place it back on the agenda before the end of the year.

Tonight is the last meeting before the council and president's new terms start in January. Most of the council members and the president were re-elected in this fall's elections.