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Jefferson Parish budget proposal projects flat sales tax revenue

Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:44
Jefferson Parish President John Young's administration is forecasting flat sales tax revenues in 2015, posing concerns for the general fund, as well as the streets and drainage departments, according to Young's letter to the Parish Council introducing his 2015 budget proposal. "Several Parish departments face funding constraints in the proposed budget year as revenue streams are not growing at the same rate as the expenditures," Young wrote in his letter.
At Jefferson Parish surplus auction, a portrait of the outdated
Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:16
In Jefferson Parish government, the flotsam that washes up on the wrong side of time ends up at 920 David Drive: a warehouse the color of a tossed band-aid, where workers on golf carts catalog a virtual Costco of no-longer-useful, surplus property. Here sit spirals of hose that swept fire away; a prison toilet, lovingly wrapped in plastic; film reels and football helmets; striped umbrellas and a BBQ; crates for dogs and a machine to…
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office East Jefferson crime report, Oct. 23
Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:15
This information reflects initial calls for service reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Locations are approximate due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies, the Sheriff's Office says. Burglar alarm calls are excluded. 17th Street and Ridgelake Drive - Oct. 23, 3:08 p.m., vehicle wreck. 49th Street and North Causeway Boulevard - Oct.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office West Bank crime report, Oct. 23
Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:03
This information reflects initial calls for service reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the west bank of Jefferson Parish. Locations are approximate due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies, the Sheriff's Office says. Burglar alarm calls are excluded. 11th Street and Breaux Avenue - Oct. 23, 6:34 a.m., suspicious person. 100 block of 13th Street - Oct.
Should Jefferson Parish pay $5 million for merit raises?
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:46
Jefferson Parish President John Young is proposing 5 percent merit raises for parish employees, at a total cost of $5 million. About 80 percent of that would be spread across departments that receive dedicated tax funding. Parish officials cannot move money out of those departments, and Young said they are sufficiently funded to provide for the raises. Another $1 million would go to employees general-fund departments, which administrators and the Parish Council can fund as…
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office East Jefferson crime report, Oct. 22
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:18
This information reflects initial calls for service reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Locations are approximate due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies, the Sheriff's Office says. Burglar alarm calls are excluded. 18th Street and Edenborn Avenue - Oct. 22, 1:15 p.m., vehicle wreck. 3100 block of 19th Street - Oct.
Union leader wants to oust Jefferson Parish School Board member
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:14
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The head of the teachers' union in Jefferson parish wants to oust one of the school board members in the November 4th election. But the incumbent said that is the last thing the school board needs. The District 6 race is getting a lot of attention as election day gets closer. "When we got in there was a $30 million dollar deficit, we now have double digit surpluses,” said incumbent…
Jefferson Parish approves new 'blight czar,' will expand position
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:07
Before Nicole Amstutz will slice away tall grasses and topple abandoned properties as the parish's next " blight czar," she has weathered four months of limbo as the Jefferson Parish Council waffled on her appointment to the job. But on Oct. 22, the Council unanimously approved Amstutz's appointment in such a flash that Amstutz nearly missed the moment -- a 180 from the council's drawn out discussion when her name was first uttered in June.
Jefferson Parish President John Young proposing 5 percent merit raises for employees
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:23
Jefferson Parish President John Young is proposing 5 percent merit raises for employees in the 2015 operating budget, at a cost of about $5 million. About 80 percent of that spending will occur within departments that receive funding through dedicated taxes, over which parish officials have little discretion when budgeting. Young said Wednesday (Oct. 22) those departments have sufficient funding to provide the raises.
Jefferson Parish Council defers one inspector general measure, ditches another
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:23
The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday (Oct. 22) deferred one measure pertaining to the inspector general's office and ditched another. For the second time in as many meetings, the council put off voting on Ben Zahn's resolution to request a change in state law to allow the inspector general to access privileged legal communications by parish officials. Zahn says such access now constitutes a breach of attorney-client protection, a position supported by Deborah Foshee and…
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