Arceneaux vetoes budgets approved by Gonzales City Council

GONZALES — Mayor Barney Arceneaux has vetoed the city’s amended general fund and capital outlay budgets, passed 3-2 by the council earlier this month.

Arceneaux objected to the slashing of funding to the Ascension Economic Development Corp., from $100,000 to $25,000, and cuts to equipment for the police and fire departments.

The cuts were made to help fund an $800,000 study of a new service road along Interstate 10.

“The three councilmen who voted for the budget amendments that I object to have provided no information whatsoever as to how the $800,000 cost estimate was arrived at nor how or where it would be spent,” Arceneaux said at a press conference held at city hall Wednesday morning.

“I cannot agree to allocate $800,000 to a project surrounded by so many unanswered questions,” he said.

The three councilmen who voted for the budget changes are Gary Lacombe, Timothy Vessel and Terance Irvin.

It will take four votes of the five-member council to override the mayor’s veto at the next council meeting on May 27.