Dec 11, 2013 9:09 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has approved the city-parish's 2014 budget of $805 million as proposed by Mayor-President Kip Holden, without making a single change.
The Advocate reports Holden's budget represents a 3 percent increase over the 2013 budget. About 55 percent of the general fund is dedicated to public safety, and includes both a police academy for 25 new officers and fire department academy for 30 new firefighters.
The budget also includes $1 million for police vehicles and $900,000 for renovations at the old Woman's Hospital on Airline Highway, which is being converted into a new police and sheriff's office headquarters.
Holden said Tuesday he was prepared for a long debate, but was pleased by the council's swift approval of the budget.