Councilwoman Levette Fuller talks about Tuesday's council action, when, by a 6 to 1 vote, the body decided to postpone a decision on raises for Shreveport police and firemen. The District B Councilwoman was the only dissenting vote.

The vote, which was on the council agenda for yesterday's meeting, was expected to pass by a 4 to 3 margin.

"I would like to encourage anyone who really wants to see what happened to watch it for themselves, "she says, "Because what it looked like to me...was a group project where everyone decides to make up all of their excuses and didn't get their stories straight beforehand."

And what was it that convinced the other six council members to vote for the postponement? Fuller doesn't mince words. "A clown car. There was a lot of back and forth discussion, finger pointing and ultimately...the last several months of discussion weren't enough to take this seriously and vote it up or vote it down. I guess there was some confusion because of new amendments to the fire (raises) and that kind of threw some people for a loop and we determined that we needed to review that particular proposal...before moving forward."

And finally, the Councilwoman frustration shows when she answers the question, what will she do to bring the proposal up again? "I feel like I've done enough. I think that now, based on what was said yesterday about wanting the (Perkins) administration to take a stab at it...but being afraid to have an up or down vote...I think it's time for everybody to get right with Jesus and decide what they want to do."


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