With no amendments and little discussion, the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday (Dec. 6) approved Parish President Mike Yenni's $645 million budget proposal for 2018. The only comments came from Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng and Yenni complimenting the work of the other's branch of government on the spending plan.
The swift approval comes in part because tax dedications by voters give parish officials relatively little discretion in how they spend public money. The council also regularly amends the budget throughout the year, often at the administration's request.
The budget projects collecting $622.8 million and spending $645 million. The shortfall would be made up by dipping into the fund balance, or unspent money from prior years.
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