Early tax renewal on Nov. 6 ballot

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Associated Press

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to extend and rededicate a 6.07-mill property tax to pay for levees and flood and storm protection.

The current tax does not expire until 2015, but the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East decided to go to voters early to seek a 30-year renewal of the tax, which is expected to generate $15.4 million a year. Tim Doody, president of the authority, tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/TcMrug ) the panel didn't want to wait until the last minute to seek the renewal.

The flood protection authority's efforts to renew the tax touched off controversy with the Non-Flood Asset Management Authority.

The two bodies worked out a compromise that divides the millage.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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