The discussion about pay cuts for aldermen and the Opelousas mayor has now been sent to a budget committee for more consideration.

Mayor Donald Cravins Sr. said previously that he believes he and the alderman have salaries that are much larger than they should be for a town the size of Opelousas.

The board then decided to introduce an ordinance to reduce salaries.

The board discussed the issue, but sent it back to the budget committee this week.

Mayor Cravins currently makes $72,000 and has proposed it will be dropped to $51,739.  Alderman make $20,000 dollars right now, but the proposal would mean they receive a salary of $13,000.

Their pay currently includes monthly payments for vehicles.