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Council stymied on closing Sorrento Police

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SORRENTO, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A divided Sorrento Town Council has narrowly approved a $1.14 million budget for the new 2014-15 fiscal year, but was stymied in a bid to defund parts of the town's troubled police Department.

The attempt to leave the department with no provisions to pay for an officer, a police chief or other expenses failed over public notice concerns raised by Councilman Randy Anny and shared by Town Attorney Matthew Percy Tuesday night.

Had the council majority succeeded, the department could not have funded any officers four months ahead of a possible Nov. 4 ballot measure asking Sorrento voters to abolish the department and the town's elected chief.

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