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NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor LaToya Cantrell presented the proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget to the New Orleans City Council. Joined by Chief Administrative Officer Gilbert Montaño, Mayor Cantrell told the Council that the focus of the budget lies very heavily on people and infrastructure. 


"What we have heard, doing a lot of listening, is that people want the quality of life that they deserve. They want basic City services. They want enforcement, and they want to ensure that New Orleans is a city that they want to live in, raise their children in, and have opportunities for growth, advancement and accessibility in...a government that they can trust and one that is always transparent," said Mayor Cantrell.



  • $1.1 billion in total funding ($1,117,783,342)
    • $698.1 million from the general fund
    • $419.6 million from grants, intergovernmental transfers and special funds
  • This is a less than 5% increase over the 2018 adopted budget
  • The City has been aggressive in paying down debt, which includes the repayment of principal, interest, as well as lease payments.
  • Debt service payments for 2019 will total approximately $26.0 million, which is approximately $5.0 million less than 2018.


2019 Budget Priority Areas

  • Public Safety as a public health issue
    • A total of $236M general funds 
    • Dedicating additional resources to our first responders
    • Reimagining the “Ceasefire” program as the new “Cure Violence” initiative
    • Supporting the new Office of Youth and Families, which is tasked with addressing the untreated trauma and the inequity at the root of so much of the violent crime in the city
  • Infrastructure funding that invests in human capital
    • 10% raise for more than 2,000 classified City employees
    • Investing $6 million in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software that will allow the City to function more efficiently, improve data-driven policy making and reduce long term costs.
      • Project BRASS ($2 million) is in Phase I of implementation
      • Followed by $4 million for later phases of ERP projects
    • Investing in our Capital Improvement Program, spending on drainage and sewage improvements throughout the City.
    • Continue funding for equipment upgrades and maintenance  
    • Working with the Sewerage and Water Board on the Joint Infrastructure Recovery Request (JIRR) which focuses on repairing, improving, and replacing damage on our roads, drainage, and subsurface utilities from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Economic Development
    • Attracting businesses to create an inclusive economy
    • Access to quality amenities within neighborhoods
    • Jobs that pay a livable wage
    • Ensuring housing costs are affordable 
    • Data all points to a strong economy for the City
      • Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) participation in City contracts increased to 34.2% in 2018
      • Certification processing time went down from 730 days to 15 days
      • 225 DBE’s and small businesses have graduated from the BuildNOLA training and capacity building program since 2015
      • BuildNOLA graduates have generated over $5M in contracts and created 74 full-time jobs for our community  
  • CleanUpNOLA 
    • CleanUpNOLA and other quality of life initiatives are essential
    • CleanUpNOLA is a $2.1 million citywide, fully-coordinated effort that will unite multiple city departments and the community behind a single goal:
      • A cleaner, healthier and more welcoming City


For a complete look at the budget proposal, click on the link below.