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Orleans Property Tax Increase Passes House Committee

Bart Eversen
Homeowners in New Orleans may soon face an increase in property taxes to shore up police and fire services.

Police and fire protection in New Orleans may soon get a boost from a proposed property tax increase.

A constitutional amendment to raise ad valorem taxes in Orleans Parish passed through a state House committee without objection today. For the city, the increase would bring in an additional revenue of nearly $6 million in 2015 to beef up police and fire services.

For homeowners, the increases would amount to an extra $30 per year in taxes on a $200,000 house.

The measure will be put up for statewide vote in November. New Orleans voters would also have to approve the bill before it becomes law.