NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will ask voters in the fall to approve a change in how certain property tax proceeds may be used by his office.
Gusman says the move would not increase taxes but would allow an existing millage to be used for operating expenses instead of strictly capital expenditures.
Under the proposal, Philip Stelly, Gusman's spokesman, tells The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/1iBbwP3 ) tax dollars not needed for capital debt could be used for the maintenance of new jail facilities.
The 2.9-mill property tax in question is levied by the sheriff's Law Enforcement District. Stelly says the change would generate $7.5 million.
The proposal comes as the sheriff's office is seeking to hire hundreds of new employees to meet the requirements of a court-ordered plan for jail reform.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com