The Jefferson Parish group Citizens for Good Government has strong words for the way government contracts are handed out in the parish - how your tax dollars are being spent. When they explain it to friends in other parts of the country, says CGG's Margie Seeman, "They can't believe it's legal."
Jefferson Parish awards two types of contracts, bid and non-bid work. For bid work, the parish automatically has to take the lowest or best priced bidder. For the non-bid work, officials can select any company they want - and the choice is left up to the Parish Council.