Thursday, July 21, 2016


The fire millage is back. 

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is proposing to make a second attempt at convincing voters to approve a new tax to pay a $75 million settlement with firefighters.

The tax was shot down by voters in April, when it and a tax aimed at funding the New Orleans Police Department appeared as a single item on the ballot. This time, the tax for the fire department would be on its own, a move that officials hope will make it more palatable to the voters.
The coupling of the fire and police millages in the same measure was the most common source of objection last year. A lot of people indicated they would have voted for a standalone fire tax. Now they'll have a chance to do that.

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