It includes cuts in most city departments and a proposed fee on the bills of electricity customers
Cuts in most city departments and a proposed fee on the bills of electricity customers are among the proposals in New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's 2013 budget plan.
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"With the exception of public safety entities - the New Orleans Police Department, the New Orleans Fire Department and EMS - many departments will see an 8 to 10 percent reduction from their 2012 budgets," Landrieu said.
Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin says furloughs and massive layoffs are not part of the budget plan, but a targeted layoff within a department is possible.
Landrieu said the proposed fee on power bills will amount to about $2 to $3 per month for most households. It would be used to fund street light repairs after emergency grant funds run out.
Landrieu outlined budget plans Monday at a news conference before the $491 million document was presented to the City Council.
Revenue available for the budget is down while new expenses include an estimated $11 million bill to fund improvements to the police department under an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.
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