BGR Analyzes Jefferson Inspector General Tax Renewal Proposition

• Bureau of Governmental Research


On the Ballot: Jefferson Parish Inspector General Tax Renewal, November 3, 2020 is intended to help voters in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish make an informed decision on whether to renew a 10-year, 0.5-mill property tax dedicated to the Office of Inspector General and the Ethics and Compliance Commission. While the tax is a small part of a property owner’s tax bill, it provides the sole source of funding for these entities.

The purpose of the Office of Inspector General is to identify and deter fraud, waste, abuse and illegal acts, as well as increase accountability, in Jefferson Parish Government. The inspector general leads the office, which operates independently from Parish President, Parish Council and the departments and agencies of Jefferson Parish Government. The Ethics and Compliance Commission appoints and oversees the inspector general.

BGR’s report analyzes the proposed tax renewal based on a series of questions that address the efficient and effective use of public resources. Read the full report or the InBrief summary and understand why BGR supports the proposition.

This report is the latest in BGR’s On the Ballot series, which provides voters with objective, nonpartisan analysis of significant ballot propositions in the New Orleans metropolitan area. In producing On the Ballot reports, BGR recommends positions consistent with its mission of promoting informed public policy and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of local government. On the Ballot reports bring to light the strengths and weaknesses of ballot propositions and assess the potential for government expenditures or actions to efficiently achieve beneficial outcomes for citizens.

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