Changes to Louisiana law and backdated bills have caused the Webster Parish Police Jury to increase the coroner’s line item in their budget by approximately $150,000 in 2016.

“The amount we pay for commitments has drastically increased with the changes made at the beginning of the year,” said Ronda Carnahan, secretary and treasurer for the jury. “In addition to that, we have had some bills from 2015 for autopsies that were billed out this year.”

Carnahan said the billing delay might have been due to an inability for the coroner’s office to access files and paperwork that was seized by law enforcement

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