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Nov 19, 2014

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Governance, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot

Opinion: Prepare for election overtime

Opinion: Prepare for election overtime

By: CityBusiness Editorial

November 19, 2014

If you’re a New Orleans Saints or LSU football fan, you probably have had enough of overtime periods. That’s understandable.

But for voters, you’re in the midst of an election cycle that has gone beyond regulation, as the U.S. Senate race and several local elections still have to be decided with a Dec. 6 vote. You’re probably familiar with the candidates up for consideration, but there are additional items on the ballot that will require you to bone up on the issues.

In Jefferson Parish, there are 11 proposed amendments to the home rule charter. In short fashion, here’s what they cover:

Amendment 1: Limits investigatory powers of the Parish Council.

Amendment 2: Makes the parish president’s office a full-time job, defines compensation and bars outside employment.

Amendment 3: Eliminates public notice layover period for proposed ordinances and allows for electronic publication if the state follows suit.

Amendment 4: Excludes the Jefferson Parish Law Enforcement District from the purview of the parish finance director.

Amendment 5: Reorganizes the parish’s civil service system.

Amendment 6: Changes requirements for special counsel to the parish attorney.

Amendment 7: Grants policy-making powers to the Planning Advisory Board.

Amendment 8: Dedicates a tax to the parish Office of Inspector General as well as providing cease-and-desist powers to the OIG if a concurrent investigation conflicts with its work.

Amendment 9: Makes a technical correction to the Ethics and Compliance Commission makeup.

Amendment 10: Creates a fund for lease proceeds from future parish hospital lease contracts.

Amendment 11: Requires Parish Council to create a repository for all charter advisory committee records.

Orleans Parish voters, in addition to a few runoff races, will consider a school board proposition to collect a property tax for 10 years that will pay for repairs and improvements at its schools. The increases in the tax, which has 4.97-mill rate ceiling, would be balanced with decreases in an existing debt service millage. The total millage collected would never exceed 4.97 mills.

The Bureau of Governmental Research has issued a thorough report that covers all of the Dec. 6 proposals in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. It includes their position on several of the items, which CityBusiness does not necessarily endorse.

It’s a handy resource for voters who want to make informed decisions at the polls.

Nov 19, 2014

Source: CityBusiness

Filed under: Governance, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot

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