New Orleans City Council Passes 2013 Budget

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Friday, members of the New Orleans City Council passed the city’s 2013 budget plan.

According to a statement from the council, the budget includes $41.2 million in the city’s Capital Budget and $835.2 million total in the Operating Budget.

To reach the balanced budget, many city departments made significant cuts.

To help make the numbers work, the city sponsored a series of public meetings to hear from citizens about their concerns and preferences for spending tax dollars.

The final plan does include money for more police by allocating money for two academy recruit classes.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the budget continues the city’s strategy of cutting smart, reorganizing, and investing.

“I’m pleased that for the third year in a row, we proposed, and the Council passed, a fiscally-prudent and balanced budget that protects public safety,” Landrieu said.