The Council unanimously approved a motion (M-18-388) announcing its intention to call an election at which the voters of New Orleans will be asked to approve authorizing a special millage to support services for senior citizens.
"This is so long overdue," said Council President Williams. "Our seniors have stretched a dime and made the most out of a shoestring budget for a very long time. We can no longer push this off to deal with other seemingly more pressing matters. The values, discipline and character exemplified by our senior citizens is something we should all strive to live up to and emulate. If that were the case, we wouldn't have half the issues we have here in the city today. I believe the people of New Orleans will do the right thing and step up for our seniors next March because a vote for our seniors is a vote for all of us."
At the election on March 30, 2019, New Orleanians will be asked to authorize the Council to annually levy a special ad valorem tax not to exceed two mills upon all taxable property situated within the boundaries of the City of New Orleans, effective Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2024.
"This is about finally prioritizing what's important to us here in New Orleans," said District "D" Councilmember Jared Brossett, who co-authored the motion alongside Council President Jason Williams. "This issue is so important, and the allocation of our budget is not reflecting that. We have an obligation to look holistically at all of our millages to make sure we have the right prioritization, and that being said, no one is more deserving than our seniors."
Councilmember Williams explained that the motion unanimously adopted today ensures that the millage would only go directly to senior services and that the homestead exemption would apply - meaning the first $75,000 of the home's value would be exempt to minimize the burden for the city's poor and ensure they aren't over-taxed.