How could city pay for police, jail consent decrees?

Advocate Staff Photo by Eliot Kamenitz- The cell pod area of the underconstruction Orleans Parish Prison, Friday, August 9, 2013.
Advocate Staff Photo by Eliot Kamenitz- The cell pod area of the underconstruction Orleans Parish Prison, Friday, August 9, 2013.

Money is the major sticking point over consent decrees that would mandate reforms at Orleans Parish Prison and the New Orleans Police Department.

The city of New Orleans faces an annual tab of $18 million to $33.5 million for both consent decrees. Meanwhile, next year’s general fund budget is expected to come in around $491 million, the same as this year’s.

If the consent decrees go through as expected, the city will have to come up with most, if not all, of that money. There are two ways: Raise taxes or cut spending elsewhere.

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How could city of New Orleans raise money to pay for police, jail consent decrees?