39:1307      Public participation

 A. Political subdivisions with total proposed expenditures of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or more from the general fund and any special revenue funds shall afford the public an opportunity to participate in the budgetary process prior to adoption of the budget.

 B. Upon completion of the proposed budget and, if applicable, its submission to the governing authority, the political subdivision shall cause to be published a notice stating that the proposed budget is available for public inspection. The notice shall also state that a public hearing on the proposed budget shall be held with the date, time, and place of the hearing specified in the notice. The notice shall be published at least ten days prior to the date of the first public hearing. Where applicable, publication shall be in the official journal of the political subdivision. Where there is no requirement that the political subdivision have an official journal, publication shall be in the official journal of the governing authority of the parish in which the political subdivision is located. In cases where the political subdivision is located within the boundaries of more than one parish, publication shall be in the official journal of the governing authority of each parish.

 C. No proposed budget shall be considered for adoption or otherwise finalized until at least one public hearing has been conducted on the proposal. Nothing herein shall prohibit one or more political subdivisions from conducting joint public hearings.

 D. The political subdivision shall certify completion of all action required by this Section by publishing a notice in the same manner as is herein provided for the notice of availability of the proposed budget and public hearing.

Added by Acts 1980, No. 504, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1980. Amended by Acts 1981, No. 643, § 1; Acts 1984, No. 186, § 2; Acts 1993, No. 236, § 1, eff. June 1, 1993; Acts 1999, No. 775, §§ 2, eff. July 2, 1999.