The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East approved its $8.2 million share of the BP oil spill settlement Thursday, along with another $1 million for the entity that oversees the district’s non-flood-protection assets.
The 7-0 vote follows the SLFPA-West’s approval earlier this week of its $2 million allotment, about $1.3 million of which will go to West Jefferson and $750,000 to Algiers.
Louisiana municipalities, parishes and other public bodies have been ratifying their parts of the $18.7 billion multistate settlement, which will bring $6.8 billion to Louisiana to make up for damage and revenue lost due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The SLFPA-East has not yet publicly discussed what it plans to do with the money. The Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority oversees some properties previously run by the Orleans Levee District, including the New Orleans Lakefront Airport, South Shore Harbor Marina, Orleans Marina and others.
“Over the coming months, the board will discuss what uses of those funds will best enhance the flood and storm protection system that protects lives and property in Orleans, East Jefferson and St. Bernard (parishes),” board President Joe Hassinger said.
While that uncertainty is consistent with most of the settlements that have been ratified since the process began last week, a few entities have made decisions about how to use the money.
The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Wednesday night to allocate $4.2 million for one-time bonuses of $500 or $600 for teachers and support staff; $4.5 million for long-term retirement costs; and $15.8 million for savings. Its settlement was for $32.7 million, though the system will get just $24.5 million after attorneys collect their 25 percent of the award.
In approving its $53.1 million settlement last week, the Jefferson Parish Council spelled out which 19 fire, drainage, water and other districts will get funding, with amounts ranging from $10,000 to $1.48 million each.
The parish has not laid out how it will divide the lion’s share of the settlement — $45 million — but a source close to the negotiations has said splitting the money among the five council districts and the administration is one option being considered.
Among the other metro area settlements:
New Orleans accepted $45 million and the Orleans Parish School Board $22.7 million.
In Jefferson, Kenner approved $8.3 million, Gretna approved $3.3 million, Westwego approved $823,023 and Harahan approved $608,777.
In St. Tammany Parish, the council approved $16.8 million, the School Board approved $15.4 million, Slidell approved $3 million, Mandeville approved $2.1 million, Covington approved $1.5 million and the Northshore Harbor Center approved $217,000.
St. Bernard Parish agreed to accept $9.3 million.
Plaquemines Parish and Jean Lafitte have opted out of the settlement and will pursue their own lawsuits.
Grand Isle has refused to discuss its plans.
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