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This week, The Gambit Weekly ([link removed]) announced their support for all three ballot propositions for the December 5th election.
Proposition 1: Infrastructure & Maintenance
YES "This new millage combines expiring dedications for streets, traffic control and infrastructure into one millage dedicated to infrastructure and maintenance. The new, combined dedication would generate at least $10.5 million a year — more than $210 million over the 20-year life of the millage — to maintain and upgrade infrastructure projects in all corners of the city. This would be the city’s first dedication of property tax money for maintenance of key assets — an excellent idea."
Proposition 2: Early Childhood Education & Libraries
YES "First, the current millage rate has for years generated considerably more than the library system could prudently spend, resulting in a reserve fund of at least $15 million — almost the size of the library’s annual budget. Though rainy-day funds are undoubtedly a good thing, carrying nearly a year’s worth of surplus is not the norm amongst city agencies. It also means there’s room for cuts, which will help offset steep reductions in other areas of the budget.
Second, according to city officials, city agencies will see an average of 29.8% in cuts as a result of the pandemic. The change to the library millage, on the other hand, will result in a 6.7% reduction to the overall library operating budget in 2021, and will not effect a second millage which provides significant dedicated funding to the system.
...Finally, the change in the millage will also result in the creation of dedicated funding for early education programs, which currently have no such source of money. "
Proposition 3: Housing and Economic Development
YES "Two existing dedications would be combined to generate at least $9 million a year for affordable housing and economic development, two longstanding challenges for New Orleans."
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Remember to vote YES for New Orleans' future!
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These reallocations of existing revenue will address the problems that we urgently need to solve WITHOUT raising taxes. Knowledge is power, forward this email today and help us spread the word about this important election.
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