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CPPJ proposes 2014 budget with new projects

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

It's almost a new year, which means a new 2014 budget for Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

The new proposed budget is 1.9% bigger than this year's spending plan.

But police jury officials said the proposed budget includes funding for big new projects without spending a lot more money.

"It's a balanced budget and so we feel really good about that," said Parish Administrator, Bryan Beam.

A new change this year, gaming revenues decreased by 2.5% and police jury officials said it's not something they expect to be a big problem.

"We would like to think it would go up, but we're just going on what is trending now," said Beam. "The good news with Police Jury's gaming is they don't spend that until a year after it has been received."

On the up side, property tax revenues are expected to rise by 5.1% in 2014.   

"It's not huge, but it's better than going the other way and it will be a good continuation this year, and an increase of services next year," said Beam.

The proposed budget also has designs in the works for a new juvenile facility.

"The one we have currently goes back to the late 60s, so we need to modernize it, and that department has been saving tax dollars for several years to prepare for this," said Beam.

And Police Jury officials said with revenues remaining stable in 2012 and 2013, it's an encouraging economic sign, which has paved the way for the proposed 2014 budget and new 2014 projects.

"We have courthouse repairs, a lot of park improvements, and Burton coliseum, so there's a lot of new things without a lot of new dollars that are budgeted," said Beam.

The Police Jury will vote on the budget on Dec. 19th.

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