The city of Kenner will run its regular legal notices in The New Orleans Advocate for the upcoming fiscal year.
The decision, approved by a 4-3 vote of the Kenner City Council on Thursday night, comes days after the region’s only daily newspaper was chosen by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–West for its legal notices.
The New Orleans Advocate bid on those contracts and more than a dozen others with various local government agencies in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
The contracts, expected to be awarded to the winning bidder in coming months, generally run through each entity’s fiscal year.
The Kenner City Council received bids for legal notices from The New Orleans Advocate and The Times-Picayune. The New Orleans Advocate’s bid was about 12 cents less per column inch of advertising space, with the contract’s total value depending on the volume of legal notices published.
Supporters of The New Orleans Advocate pointed to the lower price and the advantage of being able to publish ads on any day. Those supporting The Times-Picayune pointed to its larger circulation.
State law says each parish in the state must designate a newspaper as the official publication to run judicial advertisements and legal notices.
The Legislature just passed a law allowing The New Orleans Advocate to compete for legal notices in Orleans and Jefferson.
Previously, a newspaper needed to have been published for five years to bid for the contracts, but that requirement was dropped to allow The New Orleans Advocate, which launched in 2012, to bid.
The law was changed many times in the past, including once to allow The Times-Picayune to continue to bid after it stopped publishing a printed paper seven days a week.
Supporters of that change said increased competition for the contracts would help drive down the cost for local governments.