BGR Analyzes New French Quarter Sales Tax on April 24 Ballot

• Bureau of Governmental Research


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 other public safety services. The tax would take effect July 1 and remain in place for five years. It would generate an estimated $2 million to $2.5 million in the first 12 months. On December 5, French Quarter voters rejected the renewal of a similar sales tax for enhanced public safety, and it expired at the end of 2020.

BGR’s report analyzes the proposed tax based on a series of questions that address the efficient and effective use of public resources. By clicking the report, InBrief or media release buttons above, BGR provides voters with multiple ways to access this On the Ballot report and understand its findings and position against 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.


Now that French Quarter residents have approved a new sales tax for enhanced public safety, BGR’s analysis of the tax proposition can help inform the tax’s implementation. Watch video below and then click the buttons above to read more from BGR’s report.

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