Budget & Finance

A Framework for Assessing New Orleans’ Proposed 2020 Budget

Overview 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...

BGR Studies New Orleans Bond and Tax Propositions for November 16

Overview 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

Overview 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...

2019 Jefferson Parish Council Candidate Q&A

Overview 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 the...

2019 Jefferson Parish President Candidate Q&A

Overview Questions for a New Parish President is the first in a two-part 2019 Candidate Q&A Election Series providing the views of candidates for Jefferson Parish government on important public policy issues. On September 13, 2019, BGR released the...

BGR Examines New Orleans’ Savings Fund Charter Amendment

Overview BGR examines the proposed amendment on the November 18, 2017, ballot to establish the Savings Fund of the City of New Orleans in the City’s home rule charter.

School Board Improving Financial Stewardship

Overview In School Board Takes a Key Step Toward Better Stewardship, BGR commends the Orleans Parish School Board for taking steps to preserve the bulk of its $45 million operating reserve for the benefit of the system as a...

Report Looks at School Board’s Performance as Financial Steward

Overview In The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, BGR examines the School Board’s performance as the financial steward for all public schools in Orleans.

BGR Analyzes Proposed S&WB Rate Increases

Overview BGR reviews a proposal by the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) to raise water and sewer rates 10% a year for the next eight years. It examines the proposed water and sewer rate increases and...

BGR Reviews City of New Orleans Budget for 2011

Overview On November 24, BGR sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council on the proposed 2011 budget for the City of New Orleans. The letter contains suggestions that would free up millions of dollars. Read the letter.