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Aug 30, 2014 1:14 PM by AP

Council to consider budget in DeRidder

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - The City Council is expected to vote on a proposed $14.3 million budget when it meets on Sept. 8.

The American Press reports the proposal is an increase of about $1.9 million over DeRidder's budget for the current fiscal year.

It forecasts a sharp increase in revenue - $8.4 million, compared with the $5.9 million envisioned in the current year.

Finance Director Ginny Brand attributes the revenue rise to an increase of nearly $2 million in government grants, including $1.2 million from the state for a new pool.

Slight increases in revenue are expected from city taxes, licenses, permits, fees and other sources.

Expenditures also would increase, with the biggest share going to the recreation department.

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