Public Safety

From Answers to Action: Post-Election Policy Making

OVERVIEW This report is the latest installment in BGR’s Candidate Q&A Election Series. The new report consolidates and reissues the responses of the newly elected City of New Orleans mayor and councilmembers who completed BGR’s surveys last fall on...

2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series: New Orleans

Overview For the October 14, 2017 primary elections in New Orleans, BGR provided voters with its 2017 Candidate Q&A Election Series. BGR submitted questions to all mayoral and City Council candidates on public safety, infrastructure and other important public policy...

BGR Views Jefferson Sales and Property Tax Renewals

Overview BGR studies four dedicated taxes up for renewal on the December 10, 2016 in Jefferson Parish: a sales tax for parish sewerage, road and drainage projects, law enforcement and municipal governments in Jefferson; and three property taxes for...

On the Ballot: New Orleans Fire and Drainage Taxes

Overview BGR reviews two property tax propositions on the ballot in New Orleans on December 10, 2016: a tax increase for fire protection services and a tax renewal for the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage system.

BGR Reviews Tax Propositions for Streets, Public Safety

Overview BGR explains and analyzes two tax propositions in New Orleans on April 9, 2016: one for street work and other improvements, and a second for the police and fire departments.

French Quarter Tax and State Infrastructure Bank

Overview BGR prepared this report for voters in the October 24, 2015 election on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax for public safety in New Orleans’ French Quarter and a constitutional amendment allowing the state to invest in an infrastructure...

Contracting Reform, Sheriff’s Tax, Other Propositions

Overview BGR examines two proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, one Orleans Parish tax proposition and two constitutional amendments on the ballot for November 4, 2014. One City charter amendment would incorporate...

BGR Examines New Orleans’ Paid Police Detail Policies

Overview In Moonlighting: An Overview of Policies Governing Paid Police Details, BGR examines the New Orleans Police Department’s existing and proposed police detail policies and procedures, and evaluates their adequacy in light of best practices.

BGR Views Changes to Constitution, Tammany Charter

Overview The Bureau of Governmental Research analyzes four proposed amendments to the State constitution and one proposed amendment to the St. Tammany Parish home rule charter. The report covers amendments that will go before voters on October 20, 2007. Two...

BGR Analyzes Jefferson Tax Renewals on the Ballot

Overview BGR examines four dedicated property tax millages on the ballot for renewal in Jefferson Parish. Voters will decide the proposed renewals on March 27, 1999.  All four of the propositions provide for the continuation of basic services such...