Public Safety

On New Orleans’ Ballot: Proposed Police Monitor Amendment

Overview BGR analyzes a November 8, 2016 proposition that would amend New Orleans’ charter to allow for the permanent separation of the Independent Police Monitor from the Office of Inspector General.

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 This On the Ballot report informs voters in the October 24, 2015 election about a proposed quarter-cent sales tax for public safety in New Orleans’ French Quarter and a constitutional amendment allowing the State of Louisiana to invest...

Orleans Schools Tax and Jefferson Charter Changes

Overview BGR reviews a proposed property tax for the upkeep of public school facilities in New Orleans and 11 propositions to amend the Jefferson Parish charter that voters will decide on December 6, 2014. The charter propositions relate to:...

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 property tax proposition and two constitutional amendments on the ballot for November 4, 2014. One City charter amendment would...

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...

BGR Analyzes State and Local Ballot Items

Overview This report provides a short analysis of the potential creation of three separate neighborhood-based special tax districts in New Orleans and a recommendation on two proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution relative to the governance of higher education....

Consolidating Multiple Police Forces in New Orleans

Overview This report provides an analysis and recommendations on consolidation of the six major police forces operating in New Orleans. It recommends measures short of full-scale consolidation of all forces.