Following a rash of crime in the French Quarter — the city's historic jewel and prime tourism destination — city leaders are pushing ahead with a plan to raise $2 million a year to fund policing in the busy tourism district.
The money would come from a quarter-cent sales tax the city would levy in the French Quarter. City officials say the extra sales tax would mostly be paid by tourists. The new revenue would be used to pay to keep 45 state troopers assigned to the French Quarter on a long-term basis.
On Thursday the City Council voted to put the tax proposal up for an Oct. 24 election. The 4,000 residents of the French Quarter will decide the fate of the tax plan.