City Council Approves French Quarter Taxing District

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's plan to charge extra sales taxes in the French Quarter to pay for more policing has cleared the city council.
 Times Picayune’s Richard Rainet reports the city council unanimously voted Thursday to create a taxing district, a first step toward placing the measure on the Oct. 24 ballot.

         Should French Quarter voters agree, the measure would create an "economic development district" that could collect an extra quarter-cent sales tax in New Orleans' premiere tourist spot.

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         Officials say the money would help finance more police patrols, special security details, civilian patrols and a continued state police presence in that historic neighborhood.

         Landrieu has estimated the tax could generate $2 million a year.

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