Peralta gives State of Parish address at Chamber lunchApr 19th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: Top Story
It has been a year-and-four months since David Peralta took the oath of office and became St. Bernard’s Parish President. And it’s been a rough year.
The budget crisis from a lack of sale tax revenue has hit hard. In turn, to keep a balanced budget, 123 parish employees had to be laid off.
“It was the hardest thing that I ever had to do,” said Peralta. “I went through a time when I was unemployed… and had to worry about the next car payment.”
However in his address to the business community at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Dave Peralta hit some of the positive outcomes of 2012: transparency and the completion of many Katrina recovery
A Public Information Portal on the parish website lists salaries, positions with take-home vehicles and cell phones, and the qualifications of directors.
Among completed Katrina projects are Val Reiss and the Old Beauregard Courthouse. Just go out to Val Reiss; you’ll see 500 happy kids with their parents out there, he said.