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Massive overhaul of New Orleans zoning regulations approved

May 15, 2015

The last-minute changes drew a rebuke from the Bureau of Governmental Research. The nonprofit watchdog agency’s president, Janet Howard, said the public deserved more time to read, digest and comment on the new proposals, particularly given that the ordinance has been years in the making.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish, Zoning

New Orleans City Council approves Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance with late-hour amendments

May 14, 2015

The surprise changes enraged many in the crowd and drew a sharp rebuke from Janet Howard, president of the Bureau of Government Research, a watchdog group. “Are these 11th hour changes good or bad? It’s impossible to know” because nobody’s had a chance to study them, Howard said.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish, Zoning

Stephanie Grace: Why you should look at Saturday’s Orleans Parish election results and feel cheerful

May 5, 2015

This time, proponents included BGR, which wrote that it supported the tax “only because it is clear that the public will have to directly or indirectly provide additional revenue to implement the costly court-ordered reforms at the parish prison.”

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish, Orleans Parish Prison, Taxes

St. Bernard tax defeat means higher flood risk, flood insurance rates, levee leaders warn

May 4, 2015

In a pre-election report, the Bureau of Governmental Research noted that levee district officials said a failure of the tax increase would result in an immediate reduction in its staff from the current 30 employees to 21 or 22.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: Levees, On the Ballot, Taxes

Change to allow Orleans sheriff more flexibility with millage wins narrow victory

May 3, 2015

Under the tax, homeowners with a homestead exempt property worth $300,000 still will pay $63 a year, according to the Bureau of Governmental Research, a nonpartisan research organization that backed the measure.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish, Orleans Parish Prison, Taxes

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