NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Voters took to the polls Saturday to vote for or against several millages and taxes affecting multiple area parishes.
In Orleans Parish, voters decided against a police and fire tax. The tax would have helped the NOPD hire more officers as the department faces criticism for slow response times and lack of manpower. It also would have helped pay fire fighters back pay that they are owned as part of a pension settlement with City Hall.
Saturday night, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office released the following statement:
"While we are disappointed with the election's results, we remain fully committed to public safety, as our top priority. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to grow the NOPD to what it needs over the next few years barring some unforeseen stream of revenue. And in order to honor our commitment to our firefighters and pay them what they are owed, other parts of the budget will have to be cut.
"We are appreciative of the public's support for the streets renewal so that we can continue our positive momentum forward in repairing our aging infrastructure."
Voters on the North Shore passed the multi-parish Florida Parish Juvenile Justice Tax which renews the existing three mill property tax. The tax will help provide housing and programs, such as anger school, counseling and other services for juvenile offenders on the North Shore. Over the next ten years, the tax is expected to generate around $9.5 million.
You can find complete results from Saturday's election by clicking here.