New Orleans French Quarter Considers Sales Tax Hike
- Apr 1, 2015 | Gail Cole
Mitch Landrieu, the Mayor of New Orleans, has proposed raising the sales tax rate in the French Quarter by a quarter cent. If the proposal makes it on to the October ballot and is approved by popular vote, the additional revenue would fund public safety—specifically increased state police patrols in and around the French Quarter.
The quarter cent sales tax increase would only apply within the boundaries of a newly created French Quarter Economic Development District. The mayor’s office estimates it would generate approximately $2 million annually; and the bulk of that is expected to come from the pockets of the roughly 9 million tourists who visit the French Quarter each year. Additional details.
Sales tax revenue generated by the local tax would help fund “a longer-term contingent of 45 Louisiana State Police troopers that would be used throughout the French Quarter.” The proposed creation of a French Quarter Economic Development District and local sales tax increase are part of a multifaceted plan to increase public safety throughout the city.
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