City pushing passage of 2 ballot measures May 2

City pushing passage of 2 ballot measures May 2

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - City officials on Tuesday urged voters to support two measures dealing with libraries and the Orleans Sheriff's Office on the May 2 special election ballot.

The law enforcement proposition would allow the city to spend an existing millage to pay for operations at the jail. Currently, the millage can only be spent to "build things," according to a city news release.

The city says expanding the way the millage can be spent would allow it to pay for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office consent decree "without raising taxes or cutting services."

The library proposition increases the current millage by 2.5 mills for 25 years to support operations and maintenance of the library system. The city said the price for the total millage on the average home in New Orleans will be less than $11 per month. It is also homestead exempt, meaning the first $75,000 of assessment is tax-free.

Passage of the proposition would keep libraries open longer and on more days with increased investments in collections, educational programs and upgraded technology.

All local precincts are open on Election Day, Saturday, May 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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