Most of the changes involve consolidation and transfer of duties, not cuts in services, mayor says
Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is eliminating 11 of its 66 boards and commissions.
Landrieu said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that most of the changes will involve consolidation and transfer of duties, not a cut in services.
The move comes ahead of New Orleans City Council budget meetings that start next week.
Landrieu said the changes are part of an ongoing effort to cut government costs, which he said has resulted in an 8 percent reduction in city government spending since 2009. He did not have an estimate on how much the board cuts would save.
Among the moves was the transfer of assets from the long-troubled New Orleans Affordable Homeownership agency — a scandal-plagued post-Hurricane Katrina housing program — to the city's blight-fighting agency.
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