NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Effort to enhance enhance public safety in the French Quarter received a boost Thursday at City Hall.
Members of the New Orleans City Council adopted an ordinance, authored by Councilmember Ramsey, authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the City of New Orleans, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority and the Louisiana State Police.
The agreement provides for the creation of a special trust fund, backed by funds generated from an additional quarter cent sales tax within the boundaries of the French Quarter Economic Development District for improving public safety.
The sales tax would be used to fund a long-term contingent of no less than 30 state troopers to proactively patrol the French Quarter.
The additional quarter cent sales tax will only be levied if approved by French Quarter voters in an election on Oct. 24, 2015.
It is estimated that a quarter cent sales tax within the boundaries would generate approximately $2 million annually to spend on State Police.
District "C" Councilmember Ramsey said, "This agreement will help to improve public safety in the French Quarter without taking resources from other parts of the City. I encourage the French Quarter voters to support this proposal on October 24."