NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno and Councilmember Joe Giarrusso announced the filing of a full renewal of the expiring 3.14 millage that supports the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL). The notice provides for a vote in the election held on October 9, 2021. The millage renewal, which extends the current millage for nineteen additional years, was first authorized in 1986. It is one of two millages that directly support the operations of the NOPL.
"The people have spoken, and we have listened. With the renewal we are placing on the ballot today, New Orleans Public Libraries will continue to receive the same level of direct funding to support their mission of advancing community enrichment and safe civic spaces for years to come," said Council President Helena Moreno.
"The public spoke loud and clear about the importance of libraries. And, with New Orleanians wanting safety and opportunities, this proposed renewal allows New Orleans Public Libraries to continue doing its vital work," said Councilmember Joe Giarrusso.
As provided for in state law, the millage proposition notice will be heard during the next regular Council meeting on Thursday, February 11. If approved, the Council will later vote on a resolution placing the millage question on the October 9, 2021 ballot. The proposed ballot language continues to direct all proceeds from the millage to "constructing, improving, maintaining, and operating public libraries and library-related programs in the city."
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