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On the Ballot: West Jefferson Levee District Millage

Apr 10, 2018

Ballot Issues

On April 28, voters on the west bank of Jefferson Parish will decide whether to approve a new property tax for the West Jefferson Levee District. This will be the Levee District’s second attempt at a new tax to cover the increased costs of raising and armoring levees and maintaining pump stations.

City Council Members Should Regulate, Not Govern, the S&WB

Mar 29, 2018

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Today the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) releases City Council Members Should Regulate, Not Govern, S&WB. The release addresses a bill that would, among other things, allow a member of the New Orleans City Council to sit on the Sewerage & Water Board. BGR opposes the change in board composition for the S&WB and urges instead that policymakers immediately focus on improving City Council oversight and regulation of the S&WB within the existing structure. In the longer term, stronger council oversight and regulation may not be sufficient to address the multitude of organizational and technical problems plaguing the S&WB. However, it is a better interim approach than changing the board’s composition until policymakers can determine the best long-term solutions to the S&WB’s problems.

Filed under: Infrastructure, Jefferson Parish, On the Ballot, Taxation and Assessments

On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish Tax Renewals

Mar 2, 2018

Ballot Issues

On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish Sales Tax Renewals, March 24, 2018. On March 24, St. Tammany Parish voters will decide whether to renew two separate parishwide sales taxes. Proposition No. 1 would renew the sales tax dedicated to parish courthouse facilities (Justice Center Tax). Proposition No. 2 would renew the sales tax dedicated to the parish jail (Jail Tax).

Filed under: Governance Issues, On the Ballot, St. Tammany Parish, Tax Assessment

BGR Examines New Orleans’ Savings Fund Charter Amendment

Nov 1, 2017

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: New Orleans’ Savings Fund Charter Amendment, November 18, 2017, BGR examines the proposed amendment to establish the Savings Fund of the City of New Orleans in the City’s home rule charter.

Filed under: Government Finance, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

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