Parish Government Impacted By Adverse Economic Conditions

The Red River Parish Police Jury is feeling the pinch of the national economic fluctuations.  Income is down.  The cost of everything purchased is on the increase, some items are seeing huge price increases.

Each month the jury is required to review the budget.  Adjustments must be made when budget items are more than, or less than the budgeted amount by a certain percentage.  Parish Superintendent Jessie Davis pointed out a number of price increases that are causing budget turmoil.

During discussion of the status of parish road repairs it was stated that there had been a $30,000 increase on the cost of one mile of hot mix (asphalt).  Davis said, “It’s killing us with all the increases on prices from cleaning supplies to everything we buy.  And there is nothing we can do about it.”

It was stated that so far this year the police jury has had a decrease of $1,400,000 in tax revenues compared to last year.

No action was taken at the June meeting, however there will have to be adjustments in the future.  Davis said, “Money ain’t coming like the expense is going.  Will have to do some major adjustments to the budget later.”


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