Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented his final city budget as mayor last week, proposing a $647 million budget with nearly half marked for police and fire departments and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. The budget sets aside $151 million for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) — its largest yet — which includes $6.5 million in department requirements under the consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (including roughly $1 million for body cameras and recruitment efforts). The budget also includes $115 million for the New Orleans Fire Department, which includes $5 million as part of the city's obligation to pay into the department's pension fund, which voters approved last year.
The city's $691 million 2018 capital budget — its budget book for infrastructure projects — includes more than $400 million for road repairs.
The city expects to see more tax revenue next year with a nearly $5 million bump in sales taxes, including short-term rental licenses and fees, and an additional $5 million from property tax adjudication sales. The city also will ask voters to approve creating a "rainy day fund" for emergency use only.