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Sep 24, 2008

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

BGR backs IG permanency, opposes prison bonds

BGR backs IG permanency, opposes prison bonds

The Bureau of Governmental Research is behind a move to make the Office of Inspector General a permanent part of city government but opposes a $63 million bond sale to pay for a new criminal justice facility.

New Orleans voters will consider both issues on the Oct. 4 ballot.

In its opposition to the criminal justice proposal, BGR notes the Federal Emergency Management Agency has already committed $188.4 million to the rebuilding of the criminal sheriff’s facilities.

“Many of the improvements proposed by the criminal sheriff appear to be useful,” BGR’s report said. “The real question, however, is whether the improvements to be funded by the bond issue are among the most pressing ones facing the community. It is not clear that they are.”

While backing the IG amendment to the city charter, BRG questions its funding. The measure would provide the office with revenue equal to 0.75 percent of the city’s general fund.

“The dedication may lead to an out-sized budget given other needs,” the report said. “It also raises accountability issues, since it guarantees major funding regardless of results.”

The full report is available at www.bgr.org.

Sep 24, 2008

Source: New Orleans CityBusiness

Filed under: On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

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