The Gretna, La., City Council is delaying spending discretionary funds in the 2013-2014 budget to protect the city from unplanned, weather-related expenses that could arise during hurricane season. Last year, Hurricane Isaac cost the city about $2 million, but the emergency fund had only $490,000. "I want to make sure we've got something in the bucket if we have to go to the bucket to get ourselves out of trouble," Councilman Wayne Rau said.

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