NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Plans to remove confederate-era monuments from public display in New Orleans hit a snag.
According to our partners at NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune, the only bid the City of New Orleans received to do removal work is $600,000. The city's budget for the project is $170,000.
It's unclear whether the city will be able to accept the bid from Couzan Serviced Ltd. Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office has not responded to the outcome of the bidding process.
People who support keeping the monuments in place think the bidding process demonstrates removal would be an unpopular move.
"It perfectly illustrates why lawmakers in Baton Rouge should support the three bills to preserve history and respect military veterans," said Pierre McGraw, Monumental Task Committee president.
A monument opposition group released the following statement:
"We of the Take em Down coalition condemn this entirely phony bid-rigging by the Landrieu administration and the Monumental Task Force Committee. White supremacists have forced potential vendors to boycott this round of efforts to remove these monuments to white supremacy. That the city received only one bid for an outrageous price speaks to that collusion. We continue to demand that these monuments come down and we think that the city has the wherewithal within its own workforce to execute this task. We call upon the Landrieu administration to move forward by hiring structural engineering firms to advise the city workers on the proper procedures for removal. Further delay only strengthens the resolve of the white supremacists dedicated to the maintenance of these abhorrent statues."