GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -
Tension in the city of Gonzales seems to have risen even more as the ongoing dispute between the mayor and three of the five council members continues to build steam and the power struggle means the city still does not have a budget.
The Gonzales City Council did not override two ordinances Monday that would reduce funding to the Gonzales Police Department and Ascension Economic Development Corporation. The city remains without an approved budget more than two months after the new fiscal year began.
The meeting also included a debate between Councilman Timothy Vessel Jr. and City Attorney Ryland Percy over what Vessel claims was Percy's financial backing of the campaign to recall from office Vessel and fellow Councilman Gary Lacombe.
“I said I’d like to get your support in 2012 and that's all I asked you for and you know what you did?” Vessel asked. “You turned your face to me.