On the Ballot

Orleans Parish residents will decide on millage propositions during Saturday’s election NEWS by: Anna McAllister

By Anna McAllister

Source: WGNO

December 4, 2020

ORLEANS PARISH, LA. — Orleans Parish voters will have to decide on three millage propositions at the polls. These propositions focus on infrastructure, housing and economic development, and early childhood education. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says voters need to vote “yes” on all of these issues, especially proposition two, which focuses on early education.

“70% of our third graders right now cannot read at third grade level. We have work to do,” said Mayor Cantrell.

If proposition two passes, the public library will see 40% decrease in its budget. The Bureau of Governmental Research, a private non-profit that prepares information for voters, opposes all three propositions.

“BGR took a position against the three property tax propositions, primarily because there’s not enough adequate information to make an informed decision on the propositions,” said BGR’s Vice President Stephen Stuart.

Stuart also says proposition two creates uncertainty for the future of the public library system.

“There’s not a strategic plan or a clear road map for how the libraries would be able to right-size their budget,” said Stuart.

Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the New Orleans Public Library System, is in favor of proposition two, saying investment in early education is critical.

“If we want to end the systemic tide of illiteracy and poverty and these other social problems, we need to take action,” said Dr. Morley.

Regardless if these millages are passed–or if they fail–voters are expected to see the affect of this election over the next 20 years.

The mayor also said that if these millages don’t pass, it will result in more city furloughs and possibly layoffs.

However, the mayor did not give specifics on which departments might see the cuts.

Fair Use Notice

This site occasionally reprints copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of issues and to highlight the accomplishments of our affiliates. We believe this constitutes a “fair use” of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is available without profit. For more information go to: US CODE: Title 17,107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond “fair use,” you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.