BGR Examines New Orleans Elderly Services Tax Proposal

• Bureau of Governmental Research


On March 30, 2019, New Orleans voters will decide whether to approve a new property tax for elderly services, programs and other assistance. If approved, the tax will be levied citywide at a rate of 2 mills for five years, beginning in 2020. The tax would generate $6.6 million in the first year.

BGR’s On the Ballot report recognizes the need for a solution to provide greater assistance to New Orleans’ most vulnerable elderly citizens. However, the proposition does not assure citizens of the effective use of the tax revenue. Read the full report, two-page summary and media release.

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. The 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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