State fiscal administrator to be appointed in Gibsland

KMSS-TV
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 1:29pm

The Louisiana Fiscal Review Committee voted unanimously to appoint a fiscal administrator, who will in essence become the Chief Executive Officer for the town.

After a legislative audit found the town of Gibsland in financial bad standing, the Fiscal Review Committee asked for Mayor Odis Key and his mayor pro tem Marketris Jones to appear before them to discuss the finances.

In March, the IRS filed a tax lien against them for more than $61,000 and the town is also facing several lawsuits, including one from Red River Pump Specialists for $17,640.

Those aren't the only bills the town is having trouble paying. Just a week ago, utilities provider Entergy was threatening to turn off city lights because of unpaid bills.

Currently, Jonesboro is the only Louisiana town with a state appointed fiscal administrator, but in Thursdays meeting the committed voted unanimously to appoint one to not only Gibsland, but also Richland, in Ouachita Parish.

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