Update: Lorrie R. Toups CPA | Chief Financial Officer reached out to KPEL News to clear up an apparent misunderstanding.

If you notice below, it was written  “an ordinance will be discussed that would stop all City-Parish funding of the District Attorney’s Office. As a matter of fact, it would amend the current fiscal year’s budget to take out expenditures for the DA’s office.” We cited KATC for that. But Toups says that is incorrect and that "the only funding change for the DA is the salaries and raises previously paid by the former DA."

Toups went on to say, "The budget amendment moves the DA's expenses to the Parish General Fund and removes all or part of the salaries previously paid by the former DA.  The budget amendment introduced would remove 18 positions and decrease the salary of 8 other positions (since these were previously funded by the DA).  If this budget amendment is approved, 61 positions will remain on the manning tables in our budget.  Those individuals will be paid either by the Parish General Fund (48 positions) or the Criminal Non-Support Grant Fund (13 positions) for the remainder of the current fiscal year."

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Update: Today's council agenda will continue as planned as the judges in the 15th Judicial District have recused themselves from hearing the case and will ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to appoint a judge instead, according to our news partners at KATC.

The parties met today but nothing was decided.

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In an ongoing dispute over money reimbursements, District Attorney for the 15th Judicial Court Keith Stutes has filed a petition for Mandamus against the Government, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and each of the nine City-Parish Council members, according to our news partners at KATC.

On today's council agenda, an ordinance will be discussed that would stop all City-Parish funding of the District Attorney's Office. As a matter of fact, it would amend the current fiscal year's budget to take out expenditures for the DA's office. Stutes wants that not to happen and argues that the government is required to fund his office.

Stutes also alleges that Robideaux and the Council have "refused to meet with the District Attorney to attempt to resolve the budget issues."