2012 Budget Information

Here is a resource for community member to get the information that they need to provide informed input into the budget process.

Adopted 2012 Budget Book

The City of New Orleans Adopted 2012 Budget Book is available from the Budget Page of Mayor’s Office website. Also, here is the link to the pdf of the complete 600 page 2012 Budget Book.

Mayor’s Proposed 2012 Budget

Here is the pdf copy of the Mayor’s Proposed 2012 Budget from the City’s website.

NOCOG’s Guide to the 2012 Budget

The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) has put together a Guide to the 2012 Budget. This Guide informs people how they can get involved, has the City Council hearing schedule, compares the 2012 budget to the 2011 budget, and shows which programs are proposed to be funded and which programs will not be funded. Please go to NOCOG’s website where you can find this guide and additional resources on the 2012 Budget.

City Council Budget Hearing Schedule

On Monday, October 17 at 2pm the Mayor is going to present his proposed budget to City Council. A week later, City Council will begin its public hearings on the budget. All meeting will begin at 10am (except for Nov 1) and will be held in City Council Chambers. For more information on the budge hearings, please go to City Council’s website. For a complete schedule of the City Council Hearings and more public meetings, please go to NOCOG civic events calendar.

Tuesday, October 25

Presentation: Assessor Errol Williams; Tax Levy; Presentation on Special Tax Districts; Revenue Budget

Wednesday, October 26

Law Department; Civil Service; Office of the Inspector General

Thursday, October 27

Safety & Permits Department; Historic District Landmarks Commission; Vieux Carre Commission; City Planning Commission

Friday, October 28

Parks & Parkways Department; Sanitation Department; Mosquito, Termite, & Rodent Control; Juvenile Court

Monday, October 31

Traffic Court; Registrar of Voters; Finance Department

Tuesday, November 1 (Today only – Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.)

Criminal District Court; District Attorney; Sheriff’s Office; Municipal Court

Wednesday, November 2

Fire Department; Police Department; Orleans Parish Communication District; Health Department; Human Services Department

Friday, November 4

Coroner’s Office; Miscellaneous – Municipal Participation – Orleans; Public Defender; Public Library

Monday, November 7

Property Management; Public Works Department; Capital Budget; Five-Year Capital Plan

Tuesday, November 8

Enterprise Funds & Special Districts: Delgado Albania Plantation Corp.; Municipal Yacht Harbor Corp.; French Market Corp. & Upper Pontabla Building Restoration Corp.; Piazza D’Italia Corp.; Rivergate Development Corp.; Canal Street Development Corp.; N.O. Building Corp.; N.O. Aviation Board; N.O. Regional Business Park; Downtown Development District; New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Wednesday, November 9

Algiers Development District; Regional Transit Authority; Miscellaneous – Municipal Participation Grants: Regional Planning Commission; Ttal Community Action; Mayor’s Military Advisory Committee; New Orleans Council on Aging; LA SPCA; LSU Ag Center; Mayoral Sponsorship; Arts Council of New Orleans; Essence Festival; LA Department of Veterans Affairs; Miscellaneous – New Orleans Recreation Department Commission; Miscellaneous – Other Programs

Thursday, November 10

Presentation: Blight Reduction; Mayor’s Office; Mayor’s Office of Community Development

Friday, November 11

Clerk of Criminal District Court; Chief Administrative Office; Council & Alcohol Beverage Control Board

Monday, November 14

As Needed for Budget Committee

Tuesday, November 15

As Needed for Budget Committee

Wednesday, November 16

As Needed for Budget Committee

Friday, November 18

As Needed for Budget Committee

Budget Breakdown Information

On Wednesday, July 13, the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) held a “Budget Breakdown” session to describe the City’s budgeting for outcomes process. We recorded this session and you can find the videos for this session on NPN’s YouTube page. Here are the links to the videos:

Part One:  http://youtu.be/5vX4H6-1kGw
Part Two:  http://youtu.be/TVF3Z5e7YzA
Part Three:  http://youtu.be/DKVJHsJeMg

We also put together a survey to get the communities opinion on how the budget should be divided among the six major budget sections, and to get people’s priorities on various programs in the Public Safety section on the budget. Please go here to fill out the survey.

Meeting Recaps

District B

On Tuesday, August 9, the Mayor and Councilmember Head held the Budgeting for Outcomes community meeting for District B at the Dryades YMCA in Central City. The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG) was there to record the meeting. Please go to NOCOG’s website for more information and sign up for the NOCOG newsletter. Please see below for links to videos from the meeting.

Part one (Introduction):  http://youtu.be/IipeX_mbyZ0
Part two (Public Comments):  http://youtu.be/BgNWQSi2EcE
Part three (Mayor’s Response):  http://youtu.be/J-kPrcbmAt4

NOCOG took notes of all of the public comments made at this meeting. Please go here, District B Community Meeting Public Comment, for a list of all of the public comment from this meeting.

There was limited press coverage of the event. Our NOCOG partner, The Lens, wrote a summary about the meeting, which can be found at their website. Fox 8 news also had a report from the meeting, and go here for their story.

District C (Algiers)

On Wednesday, August 17, the Mayor and Councilmember Palmer hosted the Budgeting for Outcomes community meeting for the Westbank of District C. Here are a couple of recap articles for the meeting from The Lens and WDSU Channel 6.

We took notes of all of the public comments given at this meeting. Here is a list of all the all the comments at the Eastbank District C meeting: District C (Algiers) Public Comment

Here are links to the videos of the District C meeting. Part One is the City’s presentation. Part Two is the community’s input, and Part Three is the Mayor’s responses.

Part One (Introduction):  http://youtu.be/Ob0M0fQ5AFY
Part Two (Public Comments): http://youtu.be/-9mIIb3JCqA
Part Three (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/CTtNPdLyeB8

District D

The Mayor and Councilmember Hedge-Morrell hosted the District D Budgeting for Outcomes community meeting at UNO on Monday, August 22. The only report on this meeting is from our NOCOG partners at The Lens who wrote about the Juvenile Jail.

We took notes of all of the public comments made at the District D meeting, which can be found here: District D Public Hearing Comments

Part 2 (Public Comments): http://youtu.be/bmOIikfT6I0
Part 3 (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/j1XSyJUsa0w

District A

The District A community budget meeting was held on Wednesday, August 24 at Lakeview Christian Center. As far as I can tell, there was no media coverage of this meeting.

Here are the videos from the District A community budget meeting.

Part One (Introduction):  http://youtu.be/yFg7lGymt0s
Part Two (Resident Comments): http://youtu.be/7ebXvhvInC8
Part Three (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/Ojh_p4PuTXE

District E (New Orleans East)

The District E community budget meeting in New Orleans East was held at the Household of Faith Church on Tuesday, August 30. The media at this event cover some remarks that Councilmember Clarkson made at the District A meeting and this media. The story was first covered by our NOCOG partners at The Lens and then picked up by the Times-Picayune, Fox 8, and other media outlets. Click here for the article from The Lens.

We took notes of all of the public comments made at the New Orleans East District E meeting, which can be found here: District E (New Orleans East) Public Comment

Here are videos from this event:

Part One (Introduction):  http://youtu.be/iRB9atpMkfw
Part Two (Resident Comments): http://youtu.be/eZFRPRU9HG8
Part Three (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/DHLgta8N4bc

District E (Lower 9th Ward)

The District E community budget meeting for the Lower Ninth Ward was held at Martin Luther King School on Wednesday, August 31. The only media coverage of this event was by our NOCOG partners at The Lens. Click here for the article from The Lens.

We took notes of all of the public comments made at the Lower 9th Ward District E meeting, which can be found here: District E (Lower 9) Public Comment

Here are videos from this event:

Part One (Introduction):
Part Two (Citizen Comment): http://youtu.be/dotN1YE5GCA
Part Three (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/KBi7AUFmF50

District C (Eastbank)

The Mayor and Councilmember Palmer hosted the District C meeting for the Eastbank at Chataeu Bourbon in the French Quarter on September 7.  The Lens covered the event and wrote an article on the idea for a special event/sports taxing district ahead of the Superbowl at the dome. You can find the article at this link. The Times-Picayune also did a piece on some of the Mayor’s jokes at this meeting, which can be found here.

Here are the links to the video of the Eastbank District C community budget meeting:

Part One (Introduction): http://youtu.be/e9dvZg_kZfY
Part Two (Citizen Comment): http://youtu.be/-cPbndzThGM
Part Three (Mayor’s Response): http://youtu.be/JFgaimzV7jM


Budgeting for Outcomes Timeline

On April 20, CAO Andrew Kopplin sent a memo to all City Departments, Boards, Agencies, and Commissions to announce the 2012 Operating Budget timetable. Here is a link to a pdf copy of the April 20 Budget Memo. Here are the dates outlined in the memo:

June 2 – 17: Department prepare and submit revenue estimates

June 17: Offers due to Results Teams

June 29: Feedback to Department from Results Teams

June 27 – July 22: Department prepare base expenditure budgets

Early July: Department training on modification to budget system

July 5 -22: Department revise offers based on Results Team feedback

July 22: Final revised budget offers due to Results Team

July 29: Completed expenditure budget parckages returned to CAO

Late Summer: Community Meetings

August 1 -5: Results Team rank offers

August 5: Final rankings from Results Teams to Budgeting for Outcome (BFO) Management Team

August 8 – 31: CAO Budget Hearings

September 5 -16: Final budget decisions

September 19 – October 14: Development of budget materials

October 14: 2012 Proposed Operating Budget submitted to City Council or at a Special Council Meeting to be announced

2012 Budget Resources

Understanding the City Budget: Neighborhoods Partnership Network’s plain language guide to the City Budget. This document provides the basic information on budget and how you can get involved and provide your input.

Guide to the 2012 Budget: NOCOG has produced a Guide to informs people how they can get involved, has the City Council hearing schedule, compares the 2012 budget to the 2011 budget, and shows which programs are proposed to be funded and which programs will not be funded. Please go to NOCOG’s website where you can find this guide and additional resources on the 2012 Budget.

City Council’s 2012 Budget Page: Information on the 2012 Budget on City Council’s website.

City Council 2012 Hearing Schedule: This is the list of when different departments will make a presentation before City Council. Public comment is encouraged during these meetings.

City of New Orleans Budget Page: Here is the website on nola.gov with information on the Proposed 2012 Budget and the Adopted 2011 Budget.

Mayor’s Proposed 2012 Budget: Here is a pdf of the Proposed 2012 Budget that the Mayor submitted to City Council.

2011 NOLA ADOPTED Budget-FINAL : Information on last year’s budget. This document shows how much was spent last year, the revenue, and where the City prioritized its spending. Focus on the first 50 or so pages.

2012 Budget Timeframe Timeline of this year’s budget process

2011 Q2 ResultsNOLA Report : This report show how’s the City is progress toward the performance measures outlined in last year’s budget.

NOCOG Budget Priority Survey : Provide your input into how the City should prioritize its spending in 2012.

6 Budget Priority Areas’ Descriptions : Descriptions of each of the 6 budget areas (Public Safety, Open & Effective Government, Sustainable Communities, Children & Families, Economic Development, and Innovation).

2012 Results Teams : The members of the teams that prioritize the Budget Offers in each priority area.

NOCOG Budget Information Flyer : One-page flyer with infromation on City spending in 2011 and description of NOCOG’s budget work.

2011 Budget Spending by Priority Area

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