The St. Landry Parish Government budget was discussed Wednesday at a meeting in the Old City Market in Opelousas. From left, are Amanda Cain, parish finance director, and Bill Fontenot, parish president. Another budget meeting is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)
A year ago St. Landry Parish Government faced ending the year with a $670,000 deficit in its general fund.
Fast forward to the Nov. 1 Administrative-Finance Committee and Amanda Cain, finance director, declared she wants to save $300,000 in a contingency fund in 2018. And, she says she wants to do that for five years to tuck away $1.5 million.
Recently the Parish Council approved a $1.5 million line of credit with Washington State Bank to help bridge the gap between expenditures and revenues which land on the books after the first of the year.