Lake Charles City Council unanimously approves 2017-2018 budget - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles City Council unanimously approves 2017-2018 budget

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was a unanimous vote. 

The 2017-2018 budget for the City of Lake Charles was approved, but some felt there wasn't enough time for the public to give their feedback on the budget.

"I feel like I've been left out," said resident James Huff. "I had no opportunity to ask one question on this budget at all. I just have three minutes to comment on it." 

 "We need to have more meetings for the public so they can hear and address the issues beforehand," said resident Eric Doshier.  

 Some members of the council felt they gave the public enough opportunity to question the measure. 

 "We did meet last Wednesday," said city council president John Ieyoub. "Mrs. Karen gave this presentation, and we opened it up for public comment and question."

"Anyone that had a question about the budget had a right to it..." said council member Rodney Geyen. "You were given the opportunity to speak so I don't know what else we can do to allow you to come in and examine the budget." 

But some Lake Charles residents, still have issues with the budget when it comes to drainage.  

 "17 years of neglect from the previous administration," said Huff. "No one wants to say that, but I'm saying it. It's horrible. Our streets are horrible, and our drainage is horrible, and believe me five or six million for drainage is not near enough." 

And question the drainage plans for the Greenwich Terrace community moving forward. 

 "Our dollars need to be spent in a very very fruitful way so that when this takes place, it won't be so detrimental to the families and residents in not just my district but in every district in this city," said Doshier.  

But with drainage and infrastructure among Mayor Nic Hunter's top priorities for this new budget, he is open to changes and new ideas moving forward. 

"Any ideas that the public has about how we can make our budget more accessible in the future I support those," said Hunter. 

Mayor Hunter and city council members did say they are going to work on holding more meetings to inform the public about things like the budget in the future. 

To view a copy of the budget, click HERE.

You can also a view a copy of the budget at the Calcasieu Parish Library. 

Copyright 2017 KPLC All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LIVE UPDATES: Defense rests in Stacy Johnson's first-degree murder trial

    LIVE UPDATES: Defense rests in Stacy Johnson's first-degree murder trial

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 1:38 PM EDT2017-09-26 17:38:02 GMT
    Stacy Johnson Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Stacy Johnson Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    The defense has rested in Stacy Johnson's first-degree murder trial. Johnson is accused of murdering Robert Colston Sr.  Johnson was 16 at the time the 79-year-old Colston died. When court resumes at 1 p.m., the court is expected to discuss with the defendant whether he understands his right to testify. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Follow her HERE. A juvenile relative of Stacy Johnson took the stand today as the defense put on its case. The witness dispute...More >>
    The defense has rested in Stacy Johnson's first-degree murder trial. Johnson is accused of murdering Robert Colston Sr.  Johnson was 16 at the time the 79-year-old Colston died. When court resumes at 1 p.m., the court is expected to discuss with the defendant whether he understands his right to testify. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Follow her HERE. A juvenile relative of Stacy Johnson took the stand today as the defense put on its case. The witness dispute...More >>
  • BREAKING

    Authorities say couple arrested after malnourished 5-year-old girl brought to hospital with lacerated kidney, bruises and sores

    Authorities say couple arrested after malnourished 5-year-old girl brought to hospital with lacerated kidney, bruises and sores

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-09-26 16:44:05 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    A Vinton couple is under arrest after a malnourished child brought to a hospital was found to have a lacerated kidney and several sores, bruises and rashes, authorities said. Detectives found the home in which the 5-year-old girl lived to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence, said Cmdr. James McGee, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. Three other children were living in the home - a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. The ch...More >>
    A Vinton couple is under arrest after a malnourished child brought to a hospital was found to have a lacerated kidney and several sores, bruises and rashes, authorities said. Detectives found the home in which the 5-year-old girl lived to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence, said Cmdr. James McGee, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman. Three other children were living in the home - a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old. The ch...More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish to host Section 8 landlord recruitment session

    Calcasieu Parish to host Section 8 landlord recruitment session

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:35 PM EDT2017-09-26 16:35:09 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Human Services Housing Department is planning to host a Landlord Recruitment and Retention session.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Human Services Housing Department is planning to host a Landlord Recruitment and Retention session.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly