On Saturday, October 24, 2015 registered voters within the boundaries of the French Quarter Management District had the opportunity to elect to create an Economic Development District. The measure passed overwhelmingly, with 78% of voters in support.
Beginning January 1, 2016, sales tax on goods and services (excluding hotel stays) sold in the District will increase 0.2495%, which equates to $0.25 for every $100. This sales tax is expected to generate approximately $2 million annually and will fund public safety measures within the District.
On October 6, 2015, FQMD co-hosted a public forum with the City of New Orleans to inform voters. The presentation can be downloaded here: 10 5 15 – Presentation – FQ EDD Public Meeting
Endorsing organizations include:
- Bureau of Governmental Research (full report)
- French Quarter Advocates (read more)
- French Quarter Citizens, Inc. (read more)
- Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates (read more)
- The Times Picayune
- The Advocate
- Gambit Weekly
- New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Louisiana Restaurant Association
- Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association
- French Quarter Business Association
- French Quarter Business League
- Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region
More information and documents can be viewed at the City of New Orleans website.