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Take a close look at $330M sweetener for convention center hotel, watchdog says

Jul 19, 2018

A local government watchdog group is urging officials to take a more critical look at a request for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public subsidies for a proposed high-rise hotel adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research does not take an official position on the hotel’s merits but questions why the private market can’t support the project on its own, and why it would require so much public money to get it built.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Economic Development, Government Finance, Orleans Parish, Taxes

Proposed tax breaks raise questions as bid to build hotel near Morial center continues

Jun 17, 2018

The nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research has already questioned whether it makes sense for the Convention Center to be investing tens of millions of tax dollars in this project when the city has billions of dollars in pressing infrastructure needs, most prominently at the Sewerage & Water Board.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: Economic Development, Government Finance, Orleans Parish, Taxes

NOPD faces ‘structural deficit’ from pay raises, overtime: Cantrell

Jun 15, 2018

In 2015, the Bureau of Governmental Research called for the city’s tax dedications to be revisited. While not taking a stance on any particular dedication, the watchdog group’s report noted “problems that can occur when tax dedications can proliferate in an ad hoc manner and are not periodically reassessed in the context of other needs.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Government Finance, Orleans Parish, Public safety, Taxes

10 Louisiana parishes with the highest property tax rates - 3 are in metro New Orleans

Jun 7, 2018

Research in 2014 from the Bureau of Governmental Research showed Shreveport pays the most in property taxes, followed by Mandeville and then the Orleans East Bank.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, Taxes

‘She makes G. Gordon Liddy look like a wimp’

Jun 3, 2018

“She’s very focused. Involved in as many things as she is, it’s mind-boggling that she’s able to do as much as she does.” — Jim Brandt, former president/CEO of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana and the Bureau of Governmental Research

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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