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Assessing Progress on Property Assessment Reform in New Orleans


Assessing the Assessor: Progress on Property Assessment Reform in New Orleans evaluates whether and to what extent New Orleans’ property assessment system has improved under the single parish assessor since he replaced the seven-assessor system in 2011. This…

A Framework for Assessing New Orleans’ Proposed 2020 Budget


As the New Orleans City Council holds a series of hearings on the administration’s proposed 2020 operating budget, BGR’s recent analysis of a decade’s worth of City budgets can help both policymakers and the public assess the $722 million…

BGR Studies New Orleans Bond and Tax Propositions for November 16


On the Ballot: New Orleans Bond and Tax Propositions, November 16, 2019 analyzes three separate propositions that would authorize the City of New Orleans (City) to:

  • Issue up to $500 million in bonds for capital improvements.
  • Levy a…

Analyzing Past New Orleans Budgets to Guide Funding Priorities


The report reviews the City’s General Fund budgets from 2010 to 2019, focusing on growth in revenues and changes in expenditures. As the City prepares its 2020 budget, the report helps policymakers and citizens gain a better understanding of…

BGR Analyzes Constitutional Amendment on Housing Tax Exemptions


Constitutional Amendment No. 4, which voters will consider on October 12, 2019, would allow the City of New Orleans to exempt from taxation properties with up to 15 residential units located within Orleans Parish for the purpose of promoting…

2019 Jefferson Parish Council Candidate Q&A


Questions for a New Parish Council is the second in a two-part 2019 Candidate Q&A Election Series providing the views of candidates for Jefferson Parish government on important public policy issues. Yesterday, BGR released the responses of…