New Orleans City Council set to adopt 2013 budget

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 2:23 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Council is set to adopt the city budget for 2013.

After weeks of hearings, the council has finally come up with a final budget plan.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration originally presented a proposed $491 million plan. Many departments are facing an eight to 10 percent budget cutback, except for the New Orleans Police Department and New Orleans Fire Department. The NOPD plans on having a recruiting class.

The city council is not expected to make a lot of changes to Landrieu's proposal.

According to the city charter, the council has until Saturday to pass the budget for 2013.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in city council chambers at New Orleans City Hall.

Other votes are set to take place on initiatives that will help the city raise money in order to keep the budget balanced.

The council may take up the issue of Entergy's two percent franchise fee increase. It concerns the money that Entergy pays the city to have the opportunity to provide electricity. If the fee is increased, it will be passed on to residents in the form of a $2 to $3 increase on monthly bills. Officials estimate the increase would raise $10 million for the city.

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