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From Answers to Action: Post-Election Policy Making

Jun 21, 2018

From Answers to Action

From Answers to Action: Post-Election Policy Making is the latest installment in BGR’s Candidate Q&A Election Series, which surveyed the mayoral and City Council candidates last fall about their positions on important issues facing City government. The new report consolidates and reissues the responses of the newly elected officials who responded to the surveys, which covered topics that persist as critically important. Examples include NOPD funding, street maintenance and land use planning.

We encourage citizens to revisit the issues by reviewing the BGR research and the elected officials’ responses presented in this report. Where the officials express positions that clearly affirm or align with BGR’s recommendations, we strongly urge them to identify – and take action on – the steps necessary to achieve those goals.

Read the full report.

Read report excerpts on these issues:

Public Safety

Effective Government

Employee Compensation and Pensions

Civil Service

Professional Services Contracting

Street Maintenance

Drainage System

Local Tax Dedications

Tax Exemptions and the Tax Base

Economic Development Tax Subsidies

Land Use Planning

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 14th primary 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 released them in installments for each race. In addition, BGR conducted podcast interviews with LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet, the two mayoral candidates in the November 18th runoff election. Click on the links below to access the videos and the Q&A reports.*

Read the media release.
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.
Video and production by Dennis Woltering PhotoVideo.

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: 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.

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.

S&WB Governance Reform: The Next Steps Forward

May 7, 2013

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In this release, BGR discusses possible amendments to the evolving Sewerage & Water Board Reform legislation and recommends improvements.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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