MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- Mayor Jamie Mayo and the City Council will meet for the first time discussing next year's budget.
Mayo is hoping his 58.9 million dollar budget gets the green light from the council.
Councilman Ray Armstrong says the council will do what's best for the city.
According to the Mayor's Office the budget submitted by the council last year was not balanced. He says it would've put the city in a half-million dollar deficit.
The Mayor says another misstep last year was having department heads in the budget hearings.
"Last year for the first time known to his administration the participation by department heads was unnecessary and yielded no input that was accepted by the Monroe City Council," a letter sent to City Council members from Mayo stated.
Armstrong doesn't agree with leaving department heads out of the meeting.
"I believe everyone wants to pass a budget that will benefit the city in the best way and we need to address the needs of the city and we will do that and we hope that the mayor will cooperate with us in the spirit of doing what's in the best interest of the city," Armstrong said.
The fiscal year ends April 30-th...that means a final budget must be passed by April 8-th.