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|Not broke, just dedicated|
Franklin Parish Police Jury Treasurer Sam Wiggins said the phone calls have been disturbing.
Due to recent news events in the parish, "People have been calling and wondering why the Police Jury is broke," she said.
"It's not that the jury is broke, it's just that all the money is budgeted. When we say there's no money for something, it means there is no money budgeted for that particular expense," she added.
"Take roads and bridges, for example," she continued, "that tax money is dedicated to roads and bridges and can't go anywhere else."
"The only place that can pay unexpected expenses is the jury's general fund, and that is tightly budgeted also—there is very little flexibility and almost no money left over."
She explained that the general fund has to cover the expenses, including salaries, of offices such as the Clerk of Court, Registrar of Voters, Criminal Court, and District Attorney, just to name a few.
Unlike Roads and Bridges or Garbage collection, which have income from dedicated sales taxes, the general fund has no source of income other than what is budgeted at the start of each fiscal year.
So, Wiggins wants to assure Franklin Parish residents that the jury is not broke—but instead is paying its bills on time and trying hard not to incur new bills.