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French Quarter security tax sent to Oct. 24 ballot

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - French Quarter voters will decide this fall whether to increase sales taxes by another quarter of a cent to finance improved security measures in the historic neighborhood.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1GmoNQw) the New Orleans City Council voted Thursday to put the initiative on the Oct. 24 ballot.

The proposal estimates that the new tax could raise roughly $2 million a year to pay for increased patrols from the New Orleans Police Department, the state police and civilians.

Supporters have argued that the new money would come mostly from tourists shopping in the French Quarter.

The tax proposal was part of a deal Mayor Mitch Landrieu struck with New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau to convince its leaders to chip in $2.5 million to keep state police patrols operating through the end of the year.

Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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