The 2019-2020 Town of Ferriday budget will be discussed Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at Ferriday Town Hall during a special meeting.

A public hearing will also be held on an ordinance to raise sewer rates. The council is seeking an increase from $3 to $5 for residential.

An LDCG sewer grant awarded to the town two years ago was available after its recent audit was approved.

The $360,732 grant will be used to build new lift stations on Fudickar and Concordia Avenue.

Ferriday Mayor Sherrie McMahon said a new law states that the town cannot “get a penny of the grant” until a study is done on sewer rates, which led to the proposed $2 increase.

 McMahon said Ken Terry with the Louisiana Rural Water Association will be at the special meeting to discuss the proposed increase.

The special meeting is being held to adopt the town budget before the fiscal year ends at the end of the month.

"The town has never passed a budget by ordinance," McMahon said. "That's something we had to do. The finance committee has gone over it and we feel good about it."

The proposed budget shows a profit of $15,462.

Revenue includes $1,125,000 in sales tax, $354,761 in grant income, $350,000 in finds and DWI fee, and $185,000 in garbage.

Expenses include $876,000 for salaries -- $44,000 for McMahon and $30,600 for aldermen.

The town pays $156,000 in its garbage contract and $354,761 for grant expenditures.

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