Seven metro area neighborhoods — six in New Orleans and one in Jefferson Parish — voted Tuesday on whether to renew the property fees that let their neighborhood security and improvement districts pay for extra security patrols and other projects. The money is collected as part of regular property tax bills.
With no returns in yet in three of the races, four of the fees were renewed, including in the largest Orleans district and the one Jefferson district.
The largest of the New Orleans districts voting Tuesday was the Lakeview Crime Prevention District, first authorized in 1998. It was seeking voters’ permission to renew an annual fee of up to $150 for 12 years, 2015-2026, on every parcel of land — vacant or improved — in Lakeview. It was approved with about 80 percent of the vote.
The fee will generate about $875,000 per year “to be used to aid in crime prevention and to add to the security of district residents by providing for an increase in the presence of law enforcement personnel in the district.”
The district consists of the area bounded by Orleans Avenue on the east; City Park Avenue, the Pontchartrain Expressway and Veterans Memorial Boulevard on the south; and the 17th Street Canal on the west. The northern boundary runs east along Lake Pontchartrain, cuts south at West End Boulevard to Robert E. Lee Boulevard, then stretches east to Orleans Avenue.
Also in Orleans Parish:
— The Kingswood Subdivision Improvement District wanted to renew a $240 annual fee on each parcel of taxable property in the area bounded by the Interstate 10 Service Road, the western right-of-way line of Kingswood Subdivision, the Morrison Canal and the Vincent Canal. The extension would cover eight years, 2015-2022. The fee would generate about $65,500 annually “to be used exclusively for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the beautification, security and overall betterment” of the Kingswood subdivision, including “additional law enforcement personnel and their services.”
— The Lake Oaks Subdivision Improvement District was seeking to renew a fee of up to $400 a year on each land parcel in that subdivision, which is bounded roughly by Elysian Fields Avenue, Lake Oaks Parkway, Music Street, Leon C. Simon Drive, St. Roch Avenue and New York Street. The renewal would be four years, 2015-2018. It passed with 87 percent of the vote. The fee is estimated to generate about $110,000 annually “to be used exclusively to promote the security, beautification and overall betterment” of Lake Oaks.
— The Lake Willow Subdivision Improvement District wanted to renew an annual $300 fee on each parcel of land in the area bounded by Morrison Road on the north, the Lawrence Drainage Canal on the west, the I-10 Service Road on the south and a line 200 feet west of Crowder Road on the east. The renewal would cover three years, 2015-2017. The fee is estimated to generate about $52,200 per year “to be used solely and exclusively to promote and encourage the security, beautification and overall betterment” of the Lake Willow subdivision.
— The Milneburg Neighborhood Improvement District was asking voters’ permission to renew a $200 annual fee on each land parcel, including condominiums, in the area bounded by Mexico Street, St. Roch Avenue, Elysian Fields Avenue and Filmore Avenue. The renewal would be for four years, 2015-2018. It passed with 54 percent of the vote. The fee is estimated to generate about $95,200 annually “to be used exclusively for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the beautification, security, and overall betterment of the district.”
— The Oak Island Neighborhood Improvement District wanted to renew a $150 annual fee on each parcel of land — excluding vacant lots — in the neighborhood bounded by Michoud Boulevard from Adventure Drive to Expedition Drive (both sides), to Explorer Avenue, to Voyageur Drive and Voyageur Court (both sides), to Horizon Drive (both sides) to Pierre Court (both sides), plus Michoud Boulevard, to West Cavelier Drive (both sides), to Trapper Court (both sides), to St. Marie Court (both sides) and North Cavelier Drive (both sides). Lots owned by people eligible for the state’s assessment freeze for elderly and disabled homeowners would be exempt. The renewal would be for four years, 2015-2018, and the fee would generate about $45,000 per year “to promote and encourage the security, beautification and overall betterment” of Oak Island.
The one Jefferson Parish security district voting Tuesday was the Stonebridge area of Gretna. The Stonebridge Subdivision Special District wanted to renew an annual fee for 10 years, 2015-2024, on each parcel of property in the district, excluding vacant lots. It won easy approval, 76 percent to 24 percent. The fee will amount to $389.89 in 2015, when it is expected to bring in $354,835, then will rise by 2.5 percent each year. The proceeds would be used for “providing security enhancement services to the district.”