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Extra Quarter patrols depend on passage of tax on Saturday's ballot

Tax must pass for patrols to continue. (FOX 8 Photo) Tax must pass for patrols to continue. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

In Saturday's election, French Quarter voters will decide on a quarter-cent sales tax increase to boost security efforts in the area.

The City Council decided earlier this year to put the issue on the ballot. The money would pay for State Police to stay in the Quarter, as well as the Polaris patrols set up by businessman Sidney Torres.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the extra law enforcement in the Quarter is working.

"Here in the French Quarter for the first six months of this year, we saw a 15 percent overall reduction, but a 35 percent reduction in violent crime right here in the French Quarter, Harrison said. “That's a direct result of extra boots on the ground with both New Orleans police officers and state troopers."

City officials say if the tax does not pass, the extra patrols will go away.

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