Bayou Mayor fights to Boost City Finances

Bayou Mayor fights to Boost City Finances

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BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. - It's been a little over two months since Bayou la Batre’s new mayor took office. He quickly discovered he was taking over a city in disarray.

Brett Dungan says almost immediately he had to take out loans to keep the city afloat. They were losing about $100,000 a month. But in just over two months since taking office, Dungan has found ways to cut those losses in half. For example he says the city was paying insurance for cars they didn't even have.

“I don't know that there had been an inventory of the vehicles that the city was insuring we basically found that there 25 or 30 percent that the city we had been paying for are not in our possession,” said Dungan.

He says part of the problem he ran into was getting a record of finances which he says were largely disorganized.

“One of the challenges that we have had is that we were not able to find clear financial information and so we had to reconstruct and it took us a number of weeks to find out where we are the town had not had budgets recently there are a lot of budgets that had been missing,” said Dungan.

The city is still down about $50,000 a month, but Dungan says he is committed on confident they break even by the end of his first 90 days in office.

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