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2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series

Sep 14, 2017

2017 Candidate Q&A

BGR provides New Orleans voters with its 2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series. For the October 14, 2017 elections, BGR submitted questions to all mayoral and City Council candidates on public safety, infrastructure and other important public policy issues facing the City of New Orleans government. BGR compiled the answers of the candidates who responded and will release them in installments for each race. Click on the links below to access the individual installments.*
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Mayor
City Council At Large Division 1
City Council At Large Division 2
City Council District A
City Council District B
City Council District C
City Council District E

*No candidate from District D responded.

Paying for Street Maintenance in New Orleans

May 8, 2017

Paying for Street Maintenance in New Orleans

In Paying for Streets: Options for Funding Road Maintenance in New Orleans, BGR explores ways to fund the routine maintenance necessary to safeguard the City’s $2 billion, once-in-a-lifetime capital investment in the street network.

BGR Examines Proposed Jefferson Parish Library Tax

Apr 3, 2017

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Library Tax: April 29, 2017, BGR examines the proposed 10-year renewal of an existing property tax for Jefferson Parish public libraries.

Do Stormwater Fees Make Sense for New Orleans?

Feb 13, 2017

A Primer on Stormwater Fees

In Beneath the Surface: A Primer on Stormwater Fees in New Orleans, BGR explores a funding mechanism that is expanding in usage nationwide as an alternative to ad valorem property taxes.

On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Taxes

Nov 17, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Taxes, December 10, 2016, BGR examines and takes positions on four dedicated taxes up for renewal: a sales tax for parish sewerage, road and drainage projects, law enforcement and municipal governments in Jefferson; and three property taxes for parish drainage, recreation and public schools.

On the Ballot: New Orleans Fire and Drainage Taxes

Nov 15, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: New Orleans Fire and Drainage Taxes, December 10, 2016, BGR examines and takes positions on two property tax propositions: a tax increase for fire protection services and a tax renewal for the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage system.

Convention Center Bill Highlights Need to Rethink Local Taxation

May 11, 2016

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In Convention Center Bill Highlights Need to Rethink Local Taxation, BGR addresses a bill that would grant taxing authority to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s economic development district. The release calls for a comprehensive re-evaluation of Orleans Parish taxes, with an eye toward aligning tax revenues with the city’s most pressing needs.

BGR Reviews Tax Propositions for Streets, Public Safety

Mar 16, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: New Orleans, April 9, 2016, BGR explains and analyzes two tax propositions in New Orleans: one for street work and other improvements, and a second for the police and fire departments.

Rethinking Tax Dedications in New Orleans

Nov 10, 2015

The $1 Billion Question

In The $1 Billion Question: Do the Tax Dedications in New Orleans Make Sense? BGR presents a comprehensive picture of where local tax dollars are going in Orleans Parish. The report provides breakdowns of tax dedications by entity and by purpose, and gives examples of problems that can arise when tax dedications are established with little planning and accountability. It also makes recommendations to help ensure existing tax revenues are deployed optimally.

On the Ballot: West Bank Flood Protection, St. Tammany Charter Changes

Nov 3, 2015

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, November 21, 2015, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on two tax propositions meant to sustain west bank flood protection systems and three proposed St. Tammany charter amendments.

Keep Coastal Money Focused on the Coast

Oct 20, 2015

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In Keep Coastal Money Focused on the Coast: Our Future Depends on It, BGR opposes a proposal to divert coastal restoration funding to the Louisiana Highway 1 Bridge project.

On the October Ballot: French Quarter Tax Proposition, State Infrastructure Bank

Oct 6, 2015

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: October 24, 2015, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax for public safety in New Orleans’ French Quarter and a constitutional amendment allowing the state to invest in an infrastructure bank.

BGR Reviews Tax Propositions in Orleans, St. Bernard Parishes

Apr 8, 2015

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, May 2, 2015, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on proposed taxes for the Orleans Parish Law Enforcement District, the New Orleans Public Library system and the Lake Borgne Basin Levee District in St. Bernard Parish.

SB 469 – Does It Eliminate the Public’s Rights?

May 28, 2014

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In this open letter to the Louisiana State Legislature, BGR expresses concern that SB 469 might permanently deprive the residents of coastal Louisiana of significant claims against the oil and gas industry and others. It provides a list of questions in need of answers before the House of Representatives votes on the bill.

Special Counsel Bill Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

May 15, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would require the regional flood protection authorities to get the governor’s approval before hiring special counsel. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Amended SB 79 Still Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

Apr 22, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would allow the governor to unilaterally remove members of regional flood protection authorities for vague reasons. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Bill Would Open Floodgates to Gubernatorial Interference

Apr 15, 2014

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In this release, BGR addresses a bill that would move the regional flood protection authorities into the executive branch. The change would expose the flood protection authorities to political pressure and intervention from the governor.

Re-Engineered Appointment Process Would Weaken Levee Board Reforms

Apr 1, 2014

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In this release, BGR raises concerns about a bill pending in the state Senate that would weaken the critical reforms of local levee boards put in place in response to the 2005 levee failures.

The S&WB: Looking for a Few Good Members

Jan 2, 2014

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In this release, BGR encourages qualified citizens to volunteer to serve on the newly constituted Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

BGR Letter Addresses S&WB Reform Effort

May 31, 2013

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In an open letter to the Louisiana Legislature, BGR sets forth its positions on evolving legislation to reform the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans.

The Hotel Assessment: A Question of Priorities, a Question of Propriety

May 14, 2013

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In this release, BGR examines a proposal to impose what amounts to a new hotel tax.

S&WB Reforms: Creating a Strong Nomination Process

Apr 26, 2013

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In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to pending Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation, and makes recommendations to protect the nominating process.

On the Mayor’s Proposed S&WB Governance Reforms

Dec 6, 2012

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In this release, BGR looks at Mayor Landrieu’s proposed Sewerage & Water Board governance reforms, with specific attention to the board member nomination process.

BGR Analyzes Proposed S&WB Rate Increases

Dec 5, 2012

S&WB Proposed Rate Increases

In Time to Pay the Pipelayer? The Proposed S&WB Rate Increases in Perspective, BGR reviews a proposal by the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) to raise water and sewer rates 10% a year for the next eight years. It examines the proposed water and sewer rate increases and their impacts on customers. It also examines the proposed uses of the additional funding and how far it will go in fixing the systems’ problems.

S&WB Rate Increases and Reform, Hand in Hand

Oct 16, 2012

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In this release, BGR calls on the S&WB to limit rate increases temporarily to those that are necessary to meet its obligations under the federal consent decree that governs the sewer system. It states that additional increases should be contingent on, and adopted after, the implementation of meaningful governance reforms.

On the Ballot: November 6, 2012

Oct 1, 2012

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: November 6, 2012, BGR examines three proposed constitutional amendments, two propositions pertaining to multiple parishes in the New Orleans area, a proposed change to the City of New Orleans charter and two local tax propositions.

On the Ballot: The Crescent City Connection Toll Proposition

Aug 15, 2012

CCC Tolls Ballot Issue

In On the Ballot: The Crescent City Connection Toll Proposition, BGR examines tolls on the bridge in the context of the proposition on the ballot in Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes.

The S&WB Infrastructure Bonanza: Is Good Governance Part of the Deal?

Feb 29, 2012

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This edition of Now addresses the proposed funding increases for the Sewerage & Water Board in the context of necessary governance reforms.

The S&WB’s Governance Problems and Options for Reform

Oct 25, 2011

The S&WB's Governance Problems and Options for Reform

In Making the Waterworks Work: Fixing the Sewerage & Water Board’s Governance Problems, BGR examines how the agency’s governance has contributed to its problems, presents options for reforms and makes recommendations for change.

The Future of the Crescent City Connection

Apr 26, 2011

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In Over the River: The Future of the Crescent City Connection Bridge & Ferries, BGR examines the implications of allowing bridge tolls to expire and options for funding the bridge and ferries in the future.

Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans

Aug 11, 2010

Infrastructure Needs

In The Price of Civilization: Addressing Infrastructure Needs in New Orleans, BGR provides information on New Orleans’ core infrastructure needs and assesses the community’s capacity to fund those needs.

On the Ballot: Jefferson Transit Taxes

Mar 16, 2009

On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish, April 4, 2009

In On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish, April 4, 2009, BGR examines two transit taxes up for renewal by voters.

Maintaining New Orleans’ Streets

Oct 1, 2008

Street Smarts (October 2008)

Street Smarts: Maintaining and Managing New Orleans’ Road Network provides an overview of street management systems and explores the challenges New Orleans faces in maintaining its streets.

Report of Proposal Evaluation Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

Oct 14, 2002

For more than a year and a half, the Sewerage & Water Board (“S&WB”) has actively pursued a procurement for the private management, operation, and maintenance of the S&WB’s water and wastewater systems. This week the S&WB is scheduled to take a critical step in the process: deciding whether or not to contract out (privatize) these large and vitally important segments of it operation.

Sewerage and Water Board Privatization at a Critical Stage

Jun 14, 2002

The new study reassesses the S&WB’s selection process in light of developments over the past year and discusses certain critical issues with the S&WB’s proposed service agreement.

Charter Amendment March 2, 2002 Ballot

Feb 20, 2002

On March 2, 2002, Orleans Parish voters will be asked to decide whether the City Charter should be amended to require voter approval of decisions by the Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) to enter into certain privatization contracts.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: The Department of Public Works

Nov 16, 1998

In this issue, BGR focuses on one specific area of local government—the public works function. The purpose of this report is to provide a brief overview of how this department is organized, where it receives its funding and how it spends its resources.

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