The main question hanging over the budget is how the administration will respond to an April vote of the people rejecting two property taxes that would have funneled $26.6 million a year to the New Orleans Police Department and the firefighters' pension system.They're also, as is their habit lately, talking about squeezing more money out of us via regressive fees much the way they did last year when they boosted rates and hours at parking meters. This article doesn't have specifics on that but its author is reporting from the revenue estimating conference this morning where we are getting some hints.
While the city is hoping to bring in some new revenue from other sources, without the defeated police tax the budget will include cuts aimed at providing more money to pay for NOPD expansion as well as other key priorities, Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni said.
More traffic cameras
Landrieu will propose more than doubling the number of traffic cameras in the city, adding 45 fixed cameras and 10 mobile ones— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) October 17, 2016
A liquor tax
Landrieu administration also expecting $1.5M from enforcing an existing (but unused) tax on high-alcohol content beverages— Jeff Adelson (@jadelson) October 17, 2016
They mention permit fees from the WTC development although that project is still in legal limbo for now. Also there is this.
There is also one new stream of money that's already been approved. Officials expect a change in state law this year allowing sales tax to be collected on purchases at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome could bring in about $1 million.I'm going to have to look this up when I have time later. But the way I remember this happening last year was the legislature almost accidentally violated Tom Benson's lease on the Superdome by making concessions there taxable during the Spring special session. Later they had to scramble back and restore Benson's privileges. So I don't know if this new change in state law referred to above is in compliance with that fix or something different.
Update: Nevermind. Got the answer via Twitter. Athletic events are excluded from the sales tax. Figures.
Anyway, we await the mayor's budget launch speech. His hype man says it's gonna be big.
The city is expected to provide more details on a $2.5 billion plan to repair or rebuild a substantial portion of the city's roadways over the next eight years. Much of that money will be contained in the capital budget, a separate document that outlines infrastructure spending.
"2017 is going to be the year that kicks off with a bang," Berni said.