LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A citizens committee exploring the finances of city-parish government for the past year is expected to issue recommendations next month on critical needs for funding local government in the coming years.

On Monday, the five-member Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee narrowed its focus to a short list of issues. The list includes road maintenance and construction, drainage, parks and recreation, the parish jail and the parish courthouse.

Still undetermined is if the committee members will issue a report simply highlighting what they see as a growing funding crisis or if they will make specific recommendations on how to address the financial problems.

Committee Chairman Chad Hanks said that he believes city-parish government is running a fairly efficient operation and he sees little fat to cut.

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