Mayor Don Cravins proposes 15% cut to councilmen and his own salary

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This after last census proved 20-25% loss of population in Opelousas

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 2:38pm

Mayor Don Cravins has again proposed to cut salaries of the Opelousas City Councilmen along with the mayor's salary.  He says the city has been operating on a very lean budget the past few years and the last census suggests that Opelousas has lost twenty to twenty-five percent of it's population, so Mayor Cravins thinks it is only proper to adjust their salaries.

"I think the mayor's salary is too high, the council members' salaries are too high, and if we are going to lead we need to lead by example.  It's very, very hard to ask people to do more with less and we are not even following our own suggestion," says Mayor Don Cravins, the city of Opelousas.

Mayor Cravins is proposing to reduce the mayor and council members salaries by fifteen percent.  Right now Cravins says the council members are making more a year than street workers.  The topic will be discussed and brought to a vote at the next council meeting April 8.

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