Council taps BP, emergency, debt money to avoid layoffs

The Plaquemines Parish Council approved the parish’s 2019 budget quickly, quietly and with no layoffs Nov. 26.

The budget hearing began with oil prices, as the council debated and compared projections for the average price per barrel for the coming year. The council’s projection sets the expectation for revenue from oil companies within the parish, which is a major component and dictates the budget.

The proposed budget put forward by President Amos Cormier’s administration and the Finance Department estimated the price per barrel in the $70s. District 5 council member Benny Rousselle moved to set the price at $65 per barrel, which received just two affirmative votes. Then District 2 council member Beau Black moved to set the price at $57 per barrel, which passed unanimously and set forth a plan to make up the lost revenue.



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