Jennings Council approves budget, opens bids for City Hall project

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - The City of Jennings approved their operating budget, which includes a 2 percent pay increase for all city employees.

Also included in the budget is $1.2 million in capital outlay projects for overlaying of roads, drainage and work on recreation areas.

Next year's budget goes into effect on July 1.

The Jennings City Council also opened bids received for the renovation of the City Court and City Hall.

Mayor Terry Duhon said the city received a total of six or seven bids, all of which were under budget. Duhon said the city budgeted $4.6 million for the project.

The City Court project is expected to take five months to complete. Duhon said the City Hall project is a little more involved and is expected to take 14 months.

"The plan is to move City Hall to the Allwest building on North Main Street. It will allow us to have two stories and have about 15,000-square-feet of space. It will also house our Zigler Museum," said Duhon.

City Council members will now review the bids before awarding it to the lowest responsible bidder.

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