Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins and new city council members have a lot to tackle heading into 2019.
“We fell into a budget that a lot of us didn’t pass,” Perkins said. “It’s going to be up to us to make some decisions very early on.”
The administration and the council discussed plans for the Shreveport Regional Airport to go international, as well as pay raises for the police and fire department.
“If there’s someway we can dig into that budget so we can look and see if we can get that up a little bit,” said District D representative Grayson Boucher. “If pay is the issue… we really need to start trying to get the pay up.”
Those pay raises were only a part of the conversation of the day. Mayor Perkins also asked the council to approve three appointees, city attorney, chief technology officer and bureau chief of special council, immediately into the new year.
But, three city council members denied that motion and he will have to wait.
“The faster that I get people in that understand my vision, the faster we can actually get to work,” Perkins said. “I told the council that I would like for them to get approved tomorrow… but I completely understand tradition as well.”