CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish Police Jury stopped short Monday of hiring an outside attorney in its financial dispute with District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla.
The dispute centers on the extent to which the jury is obligated to fund the District Attorney’s Office.
After Juror Louis Kent questioned the need for a lawyer, Juror Larry Beauchamp withdrew his motion, and jurors agreed to ask financial adviser Mack Herrod, a certified public accountant, for his opinion on the jury’s obligations.
Jury President Dennis Aucoin said the jury wants to be sure it is responsible for some expenses D’Aquilla wants paid.
D’Aquilla said he has given the jury all of the pertinent laws on funding his office.
“This came up 10 years ago, and I kind of backed down. I’m not going to back down this time,” the district attorney said.
D’Aquilla said after the meeting that he went along with a former parish manager to have some office expenses paid from the criminal court fund, but that fund is low because fines and forfeitures are down from criminal cases coming to court.
D’Aquilla also said he has questions about jury expenditures from another court account, the petit jury fund, but he said he needs more time to look at those payments.
On another matter, the jury voted, at the request of the parish emergency communications board, to call an Oct. 24 election for the proposed 10-year renewal of a 1-mill property tax used to operate the parish’s 911 telephone system.
Jurors also adopted an ordinance outlining the boundaries for the four justice of the peace districts in the parish. The revisions specify which voting precincts are in the districts:
District 1, Precincts 1, 2, 4 , 5, 6, 7B, 7C and 7D
District 2, Precincts 8, 9A, 9B, 10, 11A, 12A, 12B, 13, 14 and 15
District 3, Precincts 16, 17A, 17B, 18, 19A and 19B
District 4, Precincts 20 and 21
Parish Manager John Rouchon said the district maps have been changed over the years, but the ordinance had not been changed since about 1963.