This amendment raises the cap on the millage dedicated to police and fire protection in Orleans Parish. This is not a tax increase. Instead, this amendment gives the City the same flexibility and authority that every other municipality already possesses. With its passage, in future years, the City Council can ask the voters of Orleans Parish to consider an increase to pay for enhanced police and fire protection. Under the existing law, the City of New Orleans cannot increase the millage dedicated to public safety to pay for more police officers.
State Representative Joseph Bouie Jr., District 97
State Representative Joseph Bouie Jr. , District 97
Louisiana Representative Joseph Bouie said, “I believe that Amendment #6 represents a solution to enhancing fire and police protection by giving the voters of Orleans Parish the final decision.”
Constitutional Amendment 6 has been endorsed by The Advocate, the Times-Picayune, the Gambit, the Shreveport Times, the Bureau for Governmental Research and the Council for a Better Louisiana.