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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.

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.

On New Orleans’ November 8 Ballot: Proposed Police Monitor Amendment

Oct 12, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: New Orleans Police Monitor Charter Amendment, November 8, 2016, BGR analyzes a proposition that would allow for the permanent separation of the Independent Police Monitor from the Office of Inspector General.

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.

BGR Reviews St. Tammany Term Limits Proposition

Feb 18, 2016

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: St. Tammany Parish, March 5, 2016, BGR explains and analyzes a proposition to impose term limits on the Parish Council.

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.

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.

BGR Reviews Proposed Orleans Schools Tax, Jefferson Charter Changes

Nov 6, 2014

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: December 6, 2014, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on a proposed tax for the upkeep of public schools in New Orleans and 11 propositions to amend the Jefferson Parish charter.

BGR Reviews Contracting Reform, Sheriff’s Tax, Other Propositions

Sep 25, 2014

On the Ballot: November 4, 2014

In On the Ballot: November 4, 2014, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on two proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, one Orleans Parish tax proposition and two constitutional amendments.

BGR Reviews S&WB Reform, Jefferson Tax Renewals

Sep 30, 2013

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: October 19, 2013, BGR explains, analyzes and takes positions on three tax propositions on the ballot in Jefferson Parish and two proposed charter amendments in New Orleans, one of which would reform the Sewerage & Water Board.

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.

BGR Examines Local, State Items on Fall Ballots

Oct 6, 2011

Ballot Issues

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.

BGR Examines Four Jefferson Parish Ballot Propositions

Apr 12, 2011

Ballot Issues

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.

BGR Reviews 10 Proposed Amendments

Oct 18, 2010

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Issues on the Ballot for November 2, 2010, BGR analyzes 10 State constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The amendments concern a wide variety of issues, including salary increases for elected officials, property tax exemptions, public retirement benefits and expropriation of blighted property.

BGR Reviews October 2010 Ballot Items

Sep 14, 2010

Ballot Issues

In On the Ballot: Issues on the Ballot for October 2, 2010, BGR analyzes two Orleans Parish propositions, including a charter amendment to reform recreation, and two State constitutional amendments on the October ballot.

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.

On the Ballot: November 2008

Oct 14, 2008

On the Ballot: Jefferson, Orleans and State Propositions, November 2008 (10/14/08) provides analysis of local propositions as well as amendments to the state constitution appearing on the Nov. 4 ballot.

On the Ballot: October 2008

Sep 16, 2008

In On the Ballot: New Orleans, October 2008 (9/16/08), BGR provides analysis and takes positions on two ballot propositions: one to issue bonds for criminal justice facilities and another to protect the newly created Office of Inspector General.

On the Ballot: Orleans School Taxes

Jun 23, 2008

On The Ballot - Schools (July 2008)

On the Ballot: Orleans Parish School Tax Renewals provides an overview of four New Orleans property tax millages up for voter renewal on July 19.

On the Ballot: October 2007

Oct 8, 2007

The Bureau of Governmental Research today releases On the Ballot, an analysis of four proposed amendments to the State constitution and one proposed amendment to the St. Tammany Parish home rule charter. The report covers amendments that will go before voters on October 20, 2007.

Jefferson Parish Ballot Propositions

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.

Issues on the November 7 Ballot

Oct 10, 2006

On the Ballot is an analysis of proposed constitutional amendments of particular significance to the New Orleans region. This issue covers amendments that went before voters on November 7, 2006 — including consolidation of assessors.

Issues on the September 30 Ballot

Sep 18, 2006

On September 30, Louisiana voters were asked to approve 13 constitutional amendments. This report focuses on those that are amendments relevant to Greater New Orleans in four arenas: coastal restoration and flood/hurricane protection, expropriation, the homestead exemption, and unfunded state mandates.

Issues on the November 2, 2004 Ballot

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.

April 17, 2004 Ballot Issue

Apr 17, 2004

BGR analyzes the property tax renewal, considering the taxpayers’ investment and its importance to the school system.

Issues on the October 4, 2003 Ballot

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.

Jefferson Parish Charter Amendments November 5, 2002 Ballot

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.

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.

New Orleans District and Industrial Millage Proposition

Jan 18, 2002

On February 2, 2002, the voters of New Orleans will consider a proposition to authorize the extension of the property tax millage for the New Orleans Business and Industrial District (“NOB&ID” or the “District”).

Third Term Charter Amendment

Sep 17, 2001

With this report BGR provides an analysis of the arguments for and against the proposed charter amendment allowing a third consecutive term and provides BGR’s position.

DDD Tax and Bond Proposal

Mar 19, 2001

This report presents BGR’s position on the ballot for April 7, 2001.

Constitutional Amendments on the November 7, 2000 Ballot

Oct 20, 2000

In this report, BGR reviews the four proposed changes in the state constitution and takes a position opposing the fourth.

Bond Propositions in Orleans Parish: November 7, 2000 Ballot

Oct 20, 2000

This report presents BGR’s positions on ballot propositions to allow the issuance of general obligation bonds of $150 million by the City of New Orleans and $27 million by the Law Enforcement District.

BGR Outlook on Jefferson: Tax Renewal on March 27 Election Ballot

Mar 19, 1999

An analysis of four dedicated property tax millages on the ballot for renewal in Jefferson Parish. All millages were renewed.

BGR’s Review and Analysis of the Real Property Service Charge

Nov 9, 1998

On December 5, voters in the City of New Orleans defeated a proposal to levy a property service charge on real estate. This report reviews the property service charge proposal.

BGR Report on the November 3, 1998 General Election

Oct 23, 1998

This report provides a short analysis of the potential creation of three separate neighborhood-based special tax districts and a recommendation on two proposed amendments to the State Constitution.

BGR Report on the Orleans Assessors Tax Proposal

Sep 18, 1998

This report provides a short analysis of the proposal to levy a one-mill ad valorem tax to fund the offices of the Orleans Parish Assessors.

BGR Report on Constitutional Amendments on the October 3, 1998 Ballot

Sep 18, 1998

This report provides a synopsis and short analysis of all 18 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the October 3rd election ballot.

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