Happening Today: City Council takes up 2017 New Orleans budget

Happening Today: New Orleans City budget hearings begin

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans City Council will begin discussions today on what stays and what might go in the 2017 city budget.

Over the next three days, council members are expected to discuss New Orleans Police Department funding, crime cameras, and other areas where tax dollars might be spent.

Earlier this month New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu pitched his proposed $614 million budget to city leaders.

He called for an additional $8 million to police to hire civilian employees to put more police on the streets to fight crime.

He also proposed allocating $53 million to the Orleans Parish Jail.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin starts at 10 a.m. in City Hall.

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