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New French Quarter Tax for Public Safety Should Apply to Hotel Rooms

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In August, the New Orleans City Council excluded hotel room rentals from a new sales tax for enhanced public safety in the French Quarter despite questions about whether the exclusion is permissible under state law. While BGR has not…

City Reverses Reforms Intended to Rein in Sharply Rising Pension Costs

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BGR’s report, A Retreat on Pension Reform: City of New Orleans Reverses Steps to Rein in Sharply Rising Pension Costs by Increasing Benefits, analyzes the City’s little-publicized decision last fall to reverse pension benefit reductions intended to address…

BGR Urges Strong Planning and Accountability for Federal Relief Funds

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In this release, Handle with Care: Public Planning and Accountability Must Guide Spending of Federal Relief Funds, BGR offers guidance to government entities on harnessing the opportunities presented by unprecedented federal funding to spur recovery from the pandemic’s…

BGR Analyzes New French Quarter Sales Tax on April 24 Ballot

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BGR’s report, On the Ballot: French Quarter Sales Tax, April 24, 2021, is intended to help French Quarter voters make an informed decision on a proposition for a 0.245% sales tax to pay for supplemental police patrols and…

BGR Reviews Jefferson Parish Water and Sewer Tax Proposals

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On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Water and Sewer Taxes, March 20, 2021 provides voters in Jefferson Parish with analysis of two property tax propositions to replace existing water and sewer system taxes.

Although the propositions will appear as separate…

BGR NOW: Revitalizing New Orleans’ Office of Inspector General

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As a nationwide search begins for New Orleans’ next inspector general, this report analyzes key components of the selection process and future oversight of the inspector general. It examines recent measures taken or proposed to improve each area…