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DuBos: City should consider un-dedicating some taxes

By Clancy DuBos


December 1, 2015

Are you tired of driving down New Orleans’ potholed streets? If so, you’re not alone. In this week’s Commentary, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos weighs in.

I’m not sure what’s more dangerous: walking New Orleans’ streets or driving them.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants a special task force to find ways to pay for better streets. That task force should read a recent report by the Bureau of Governmental Research. BGR noted that local taxpayers pony up more than a billion dollars a year, but only about a quarter of that goes toward general city purposes. The rest has been dedicated, much of it in piecemeal fashion over the years.

Before anybody asks for more taxes, the city should do what the state is about to do: Put everything on the table, and take a long, hard look at un-dedicating some taxes.

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