New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana. It is the center of the New Orleans metropolitan area. It is coextensive with Orleans Parish meaning that the boundaries of the city and the parish are the same. The city has a population of 343,829 as of 2010, and the larger metropolitan area is 1,235,650.[1]

Elected officials

New Orleans has a mayor-council government. The city council consists of seven council members, who are elected by district and two at-large councilmembers. The current mayor, Mitch Landrieu, was first elected on February 6, 2010 and assumed office on May 3, 2010. He was elected to a second term on February 1, 2014.[2] New Orleans' government is now largely centralized in the city council and mayor's office, but it maintains a number of relics from earlier systems when various sections of the city ran much of their affairs separately. For example, New Orleans has seven elected tax assessors, each with their own staff, representing various districts of the city, rather than one centralized office. A constitutional amendment passed on November 7, 2006, will consolidate the seven assessors into one by 2010. On February 18, 2010, Errol Williams was elected as the first city-wide assessor.[3]

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Population369,250
Form of governmentStrong mayor/council
Council composition7 members (5 to districts; 2 at-large)
Terms of office4 years
Election typeNon-partisan
Current mayorMitch Landrieu

Mitch Landrieu was sworn in as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans on May 3, 2010. As a State Legislator, Mitch represented the Broadmoor neighborhood for 16 years. As Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, Mitch served as an executive, managing a $127 million budget and 800 employees. To deliver results, he put in place strict standards of accountability. Before getting into government service, Landrieu had a law practice for several years.[4] He was elected to a second term on February 1, 2014.[2]

City Council Members

As of April 2011, the seven city council members are: Arnie Fielkow, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Susan G. Guidry, Stacy Head, Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, and Jon D. Johnson.[5]

Salaries

The salaries of the mayor and the city council members are not online. The salaries of some top officials increased dramatically in 2010.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: New Orleans mayoral election, 2014 and New Orleans city council elections, 2014

The city of New Orleans held mayoral and city council elections in 2014. The primary took place on February 1, 2014, and a runoff election runoff election was held on March 15, 2014 for city council. Mayoral incumbent Mitch Landrieu won re-election in the primary, earning more than 50 percent of the vote. Therefore a mayoral election runoff on March 15, 2014 was not required. [7][8][2]

Public employees

In 2011, the city's budget shows that the city of New Orleans employed 4,517.51 people.[9]

Emergency personnel

In 2011, the city's budget shows that the city had 1,727.07 people in the police department.[10]

In 2011, the city's budget shows that the city had 778.50 employees in the fire department.[11]

Budget

Revenue

General fund revenue

In 2011, general fund revenue totaled $488,370,665:

  • Sales tax - $145,046,603
  • Other financing - $22,807,199
  • Property tax - $108,475,191
  • Licenses and permits - $63,433,534
  • Service charges - $69,548,965
  • Fines and forfeits - $36,529,870
  • Miscellaneous revenue - $11,274,701
  • Intergovernmental revenue - $9,273,442
  • Other taxes - $21,981,160

Non-general fund revenue

In 2011, non-general fund revenue totaled $317,505,643:

  • Self-generated - $1,075,000
  • Housing and urban development - $55,622,795
  • Mayoral fellows - $256,775
  • Library funds - $8,380,299
  • Local law enforcement funds - $1,741,780
  • Other federal grants - $114,927,214
  • Other state grants - $54,366,274
  • Grants, contr., and fund transfer - $60,693,712
  • Special revenue funds - $20,441,794

Spending

General fund spending

In 2011, general fund spending will total $488,370,665. Spending over $1,000,000 includes:

  • Council - $9,859,139
  • Mayor - $11,439,144
  • CAO - $50,991,032
  • Law - $12,425,068
  • Fire - $75,331,641
  • Safety and permits - $5,280,565
  • Police - $109,394,564
  • Sanitation - $37,795,326
  • Health - $12,549,048
  • Human services - $2,727,542
  • Finance - $53,366,766
  • Property management - $53,366,766
  • Civil service - $1,795,470
  • Public works - $18,669,127
  • Recreation - $8,002,700
  • Parks and recreation - $6,867,566
  • City planning commission - $1,794,436
  • Mosquito control board - $2,646,030
  • Miscellaneous - $9,108,020
  • General services - $3,635,514
  • District attorney - $6,166,265
  • Coroner's office - $1,478,597
  • Juvenile court - $3,961,913
  • Municipal court - $2,800,000
  • Criminal district court - $2,860,196
  • Criminal sheriff - $22,594,000
  • Clerk of Criminal District Court - $3,850,403

Non-general fund spending

In 2011, non-general fund spending totaled $119,533,121. Sources over $1,000,000 are:

  • Mayor - $119,533,121
  • CAO - $7,611,526
  • Fire - $4,548,481
  • Police - $9,231,748
  • Human services - $1,275,470
  • Property management - $2,657,835
  • Public works - $4,279,510
  • Library - $8,393,956
  • Office of Comm. Development - $61,212,370
  • Neighborhood housing improvement fund - $5,194,143
  • Workforce Investment Act - $7,976,007
  • Economic Development Fund - $5,975,387
  • Intergovernmental - $60,693,712

Trouble in the Sanitation Department

City Councilwoman Stacy Head says that she has requested the list of addresses served by the sanitation department multiple times in order to review services for budget evaluation. Department head Veronica White insists that she was never asked for such information, and stormed out of a City Council meeting after trying to justify "the city's $31 million budget... as compared to Jefferson Parish's $18.5 million budget" for the same services.[12]

Lobbying

New Orleans is a member of the Louisiana Municipal Association, an organization that lobbies on behalf of cities on the state level.[13]

New Orleans is also a member of the National League of Cities, an organization that lobbies on behalf of cities on the national level.[14]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The 2012 (adopted and proposed) budget is posted.[15]
  • City Council meetings and agendas are available.[16]
  • City Council members are listed, along with full contact information.[17]
  • Professional service contracts are available on the city council's site.[18]
  • The mayor's administrative staff is listed[19] along with their contact information.[20]
  • The Bureau of Treasury includes some city tax information[21], taxes can be paid online.
  • Zoning information[22] and building permits available.[23]

The bad

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