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In an open letter to the Louisiana Legislature, BGR reiterates the problems with the state’s unusual nonprofit property tax exemptions. The letter explains the deficiencies in the current provisions, demonstrates their unusual status in the context of other states’ requirements and presents a template for a constitutional amendment.
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.
In Reducing the Cost of Tomorrow: A Practical Guide to Pension Reform in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes, BGR explores the changes to public pension benefits policymakers can make to reduce the costs and risks associated with the pension plans. The report is the fourth installment in a series of BGR pension reports.
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.
Jun 10, 2014
In an open letter to the Jefferson Parish Council, BGR comments on a proposed ordinance that would change the parish’s process for awarding nonprofessional service contracts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 19, 2013
In this letter to the Jefferson Parish Charter Advisory Board, BGR recommends changes to the parish charter in the area of contracting.
In this release, BGR looks at a proposed ordinance to reform one area of service contracting in Jefferson Parish
Nov 9, 2012
In The Rising Cost of Yesterday: Metro Area Pension Costs and the Factors that Drive Them, BGR examines 18 defined benefit pension plans available to local government workers in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes (the Plans). The report tallies the costs the Plans impose on local government entities in the three parishes, and compares the pension benefits they offer to those available to private sector workers and other state and local government workers across the U.S.
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.
This edition of Now looks at the issue of public pension costs.
In Making Choice Right: Can Private School Vouchers Live Up to Their Promises? BGR examines the statewide school voucher program that the Governor is proposing, as well as the pilot program that has been in effect in Orleans Parish since 2008.
In On the Ballot: Local and State Propositions, October and November 2011, BGR examines charter amendments in Jefferson and Orleans parishes, tax propositions in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes, and six amendments to the state constitution.
On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish, April 30, 2011 examines one sales tax proposition and three property tax propositions. The propositions include taxes for schools and drainage.
Oct 14, 2008
Look Before You Leap: Tax Increment Financing in Jefferson Parish provides an overview of tax increment financing (TIF) and describes four TIF districts proposed in Jefferson Parish. It also reviews the perceived benefits of TIF, as well as the pitfalls and potential abuses of the mechanism. It concludes with recommendations concerning the future use of TIF in Jefferson Parish.
Aug 17, 2007
Cementing Imbalance: A Post-Katrina Analysis of the Regional Distribution of Subsidized Rental Housing is the latest in a series of BGR reports on affordable housing issues. It includes parish by parish data and maps showing the distribution of subsidized housing in the most populous parishes.
- Cementing Imbalance: A Post-Katrina Analysis of the Regional Distribution of Subsidized Rental Housing [PDF]
- Available and Projected Project-Based Subsidized Housing in Jefferson Parish, June 2007 [PDF]
- Available and Projected Project-Based Subsidized Housing in Orleans Parish, June 2007 [PDF]
- Available and Projected Project-Based Subsidized Housing in St. Tammany Parish, June 2007 [PDF]
Mar 22, 2007
In On the Ballot, BGR analyzes three tax propositions to go before voters in Jefferson Parish on March 31, 2007. The propositions would provide funding for the public schools, recreation and drainage.
Feb 8, 2006
Part of a series of web-based reports BGR began publishing following the 2005 disaster.
Jan 26, 2005
The New Orleans Saints and the State of Louisiana are in the midst of negotiations that will determine whether the Saints remain in New Orleans. Sports subsidies present communities with difficult political and financial decisions. In this report, BGR seeks to provide policymakers and the public with background information relevant to current negotiations with the Saints.
Oct 20, 2004
In this report, BGR analyzes two of four state constitutional amendments that will appear on the November 2 ballot. The two amendments would modify the homestead exemption and the veterans’ preference. In addition, BGR provides voters in New Orleans with information on a proposed $260 million bond issue and Jefferson Parish voters with information on two ballot propositions that would exchange one set of property tax dedications for a different set of dedications.
Apr 17, 2004
BGR analyzes the property tax renewal, considering the taxpayers’ investment and its importance to the school system.
Mar 25, 2004
BGR predicts tight financial times ahead for Jefferson. What can the Parish do about it? This report offers an array of options for keeping the parish coffers filled.
Oct 4, 2003
This report describes the propositions on the October 2003 ballot, provides background information, and analyzes the propositions, presenting the arguments for and against them. The report also includes BGR’s positions on the issues.
Oct 21, 2002
On November 5, 2002, Jefferson Parish voters will be asked to approve four propositions that together offer eight amendments to the existing parish home rule charter. The propositions bear directly on term limits and council structure, among other issues.
Sep 24, 2001
This report examines the history and current state of the operating budget and compares revenues and expenditures, including salaries, with those of comparable Louisiana cities.
Jun 11, 2001
This Outlook discusses the financial challenges facing the JPPSS and the current academic performance of its schools.
Oct 11, 1999
The purpose of this issue is to provide an update on fiscal status of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools with a focus on the revised FY1999 and the adopted FY2000 operating budgets.
Jun 9, 1999
An analysis of conditions limiting the physical expansion of New Orleans International Airport (NOIA); approaches to regional cooperation used by airports in similar geopolitical circumstances (with ownership and authority over the airport in one political jurisdiction, the airport in another, and a need to expand in a third); and recommendations for changes by NOIA.
Mar 19, 1999
An analysis of four dedicated property tax millages on the ballot for renewal in Jefferson Parish. All millages were renewed.
Feb 25, 1999
An overview of Jefferson Parish government and the parish’s fiscal outlook, including final general government revenues and expenditures between 1988 and 1997, and an examination of the 1999 Jefferson Parish adopted budget.
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.
Jul 13, 1998
This issue of the BGR Outlook on Jefferson examines the Jefferson Parish School Board’s finances. The 16-page report analyzes the factors leading to recent operating budget deficits and discusses potential solutions.
Mar 20, 1998
Fourth in a series of reports highlighting the finances of Jefferson Parish government.
Aug 1, 1997
Second in a new series of reports highlighting the finances of Jefferson Parish Government. Baseline report on the finances of the Office of the District Attorney and the Office of the Sheriff in Jefferson Parish. Also highlights juvenile crime in the parish.
Apr 14, 1997
First in a new series of reports highlighting the finances of Jefferson Parish government. Overview of parish general-purpose government revenues and expenditures over the past ten years and comparison of current-year operating budget.