Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2:39 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is eliminating 11 of 66 city-created boards and commissions.
Landrieu said at a Wednesday news conference that most of the changes will involve consolidation and transfer of duties, not cuts in services.
The move comes ahead of New Orleans City Council budget meetings next week. Landrieu said the changes are part of an ongoing effort to cut government costs, which he said has resulted in an 8 percent reduction in city government spending since 2009. He did not have an estimate on how much the board cuts would save.
Among the moves announced Wednesday was the transfer of assets from the long-troubled New Orleans Affordable Homeonwership agency - a scandal-plagued post-Hurricane Katrina housing program - to the city's blight-fighting agency.