Head: Tap tourism marketing fund for NOPD consent decree costs

Published: Jun. 13, 2013 at 1:05 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2013 at 1:05 AM CDT
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New Orleans Councilwoman Stacy Head (photo from nolacitycouncil.com)
New Orleans Councilwoman Stacy Head (photo from nolacitycouncil.com)

A New Orleans councilwoman is pitching a way to pay for at least some of the cost of the expensive overhaul of the troubled New Orleans Police Department.

Our partners at The Lens report that Councilwoman Stacy Head wants to tap into the city's newly created Tourism Marketing Fund. Lawmakers recently approved the fund, which gives hotels the option of voluntarily adding a 1.75-percent surcharge on hotel rooms. Tourism leaders compare it to a resort fee and say it could generate $12 million a year.

Most of the money collected would go to marketing New Orleans nationally and internationally.

Now Head wants to see the fund tapped to partially find the consent decree with the federal government.

Some estimate that implementation of the decree could cost the city $55 million over five years.

You can go to TheLensNola.org to learn more about Head's proposal.