NEW ORLEANS, LA--Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented the proposed operating and capital budgets for 2014 to the New Orleans City Council. The proposal is a balanced budget that continues to invest in top priorities, including, public safety, job creation, recreation and blight reduction, while delivering better services for New Orleans residents.
“Our strategy is actually pretty simple- cut smart with a scalpel not a hatchet, reorganize how government works so people can get the services they deserve, and invest the savings in what matters most,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Watch Mayor Landrieu's budget presentation to the New Orleans City Council
The Landrieu administration inherited a $100 million funding gap when it took office in 2010. Since then, with the help of the City Council and citizen input, Mayor Landrieu created structural reforms that put the City on sound financial footing and balanced the budget every year.
Stabilizing and better managing the budget has allowed the administration to focus resources on its top priority: public safety. The commitment to public safety remains strong in the 2014 proposed budget, including:
Increases to NOPD, NOFD and EMS budgets over 2013 levels;
Funding for five new NOPD recruit classes and a $300,000 recruitment campaign and
Funding for an additional 100 new police cars; and
Funding for key components of the NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy.
In addition, the proposal invests $11,931,556 million in the NOPD consent decree to completely reform the department, including funding for in-car computer systems, in-car camera systems, officer body cameras, digital audio recorders, training supplies, and the court appointed police monitor.
“I look forward to working with the City Council and hearing from citizens so that we can present a balanced budget that keeps our city moving forward."
The proposed operating and capital budgets, presentations and Mayor Landrieu's prepared 2014 budget remarks can be viewed at http://www.nola.gov/mayor/budget/