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Webster Parish Police Jury discusses budget woes

Webster Parish Police Jury Treasurer/Secretary Ronda Carnahan goes over the budget with jurors.

The Webster Parish Police Jury met Tuesday to discuss amending the 2016 budget and solutions for the 2017 budget, which is facing a shortfall.

After four finance committee meetings, Secretary/Treasurer Ronda Carnahan made suggestions for the jurors to review. The jury met as a whole to allow time for jurors to express concerns and ask questions before Carnahan goes back to the drawing board.

Several issues caused the budget to not come in as expected.

Carnahan said costs from the coroner’s office have increased by $100,000, in part because municipalities no longer pay for a portion of commitment cost. In addition to that,