The Webster Parish Police Jury assisted municipalities, fire departments, community centers and non-profits and contributed to road projects with the 2016 discretionary budget.
Each juror may use their discretion to spend up to $2,500, or a cap of $30,000 for the total jury, for projects or causes in the parish needing financial support.
Each expenditure by a juror for their discretionary funds must be voted in favor of by the jury.
Jurors having access to discretionary funds is a long-standing practice.
In 2016 jurors had $23,556 in discretionary spending, less than 1 percent of the jury’s annual operating budget.
Bruce Blanton, District