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Discretionary spending needs more transparency

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The Webster Parish Police Jury’s practice of individual jurors doling out bucks to other entities subverts transparency and accountability.

The Jury gives out tens of thousands of tax dollars yearly at its discretion. The disposition of some of that its members decide about collectively, and this goes to nongovernmental agencies created or assigned as a parish entity.

But up to $22,500 annually can go to anything at individual jurors’ discretions. More actually went out two years ago, but budgetary constraints made the Jury set a lower amount per juror since then.

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