Posted: Oct 14, 2010 8:56 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is proposing a city budget that is almost $30 million less than last year, but that will still require hikes in sanitation fees and property tax millages.
In his budget message Thursday, Landrieu said the $483 million budget he's proposing for City Council approval would include a hike in sanitation fees from $12 to $20 and an increase in tax millages to their 2007 levels that were lowered after Hurricane Katrina.
Landrieu reiterated steps he has taken to cut costs and eliminate a huge budget deficit. And he outlined plans for more spending on children's recreation, elimination of blighted buildings and increasing street lighting.