On the Ballot

Bureau of Governmental Research issues report criticizing proposed tax by Orleans Parish sheriff

By Cassie Schirm

Source: WDSU

April 20, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — The Bureau of Governmental Research has issued a report that does not support the recent proposed tax increase from the Orleans Parish Sheriff.

Voters will decide whether or not to nearly double a $2.8 million tax for the sheriff’s office by replacing it with a $5.5 million tax.

The latest report from BGR analyzed the sheriff’s plan to use the estimated $11.7 million in additional annual tax revenue for employee compensation, training, and capital improvements.

The group is against the proposal stating it is premature and not fully thought out.

The report goes on to say the proposal lacks meaningful accountability, both from the sheriff and its partner in the jail’s future, the city of New Orleans.

The sheriff said the tax hike is necessary to continue their compliance with the consent decree.

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