NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Supporters of a citywide vote on whether to raise sales taxes in the French Quarter scored another victory this week, when members of the New Orleans City Council took a step toward scheduling the election.
Thursday's vote by council members makes it more likely voters will decide this fall whether to add a quarter-cent sales tax dedicated to paying more for police patrols, special security details, civilian patrols and a continued state police presence in the French Quarter.
According to some estimates from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, the tax would raise about $2 million annually. Last month, the council created a "French Quarter Economic Development District," which in effect is a special taxing district that must be in place before the sales tax proposal can go before voters.
The council is scheduled to vote at its next meeting to officially schedule the election for Oct. 24.