OAKDALE, La. — An independent financial audit says a southwestern Louisiana city may have run afoul of the state's constitution when it gave its workers a one-time pay supplement that cost nearly $41,000. 

An accountant looking at the books for Oakdale says the city might have violated a Louisiana Constitution provision governing how public funds can be spent. 

The American Press reports about 60 workers received the one-time pay supplement, which was approved by the city council and mayor in November 2018. No elected officials got the bonuses. 

Mayor Gene Paul and the city's clerk have requested a legal opinion from the attorney general's office to determine whether the adjustments were allowed — and to prevent any future potential violations. 

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