December 1, 2022 | From City of New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today adopted a $1.4 billion budget for the 2023 fiscal year that addresses public safety and public health, enhanced technology and equipment, quality of life, infrastructure improvements and expanded youth programming. A total of $124 million will be funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal dollars that the City received. 

“The approval of our $1.4 billion budget validates the vision of a safer, cleaner and more prosperous New Orleans,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “Through collaboration with the City Council and listening to the hundreds of residents at our public budget meetings, we were able to produce a budget that is fiscally responsible, equitable and will fund the critical issues that will strengthen our City for generations to come.”  

This budget includes funding for Mayor Cantrell’s signature police recruitment and retention plan which invests $32.5 million to keep our dedicated officers on the job that will place the department among the most competitive on a national stage. The plan has already been supported by the Civil Service Commission, as well as business and community leaders across the city and has yielded tremendous progress and results on the streets of New Orleans. An additional allocation of $3.2 million was also approved to provide additional resources and enhanced technology for NOPD.

The 2023 adopted budget also includes $20 million for blight remediation and beautification, as well as combating illegal dumping through Parks and Parkways, Safety and Permits and Code Enforcement. 

An investment of $19.5 million will go towards public heath programming to fund the City’s sobering center operations for three years. In addition, this allocation will allow the City to address homelessness, invest in domestic violence program expansion for NOPD district stations and fund the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and Maternal and Child Home Visit programs.  

The City continues to prioritize infrastructure improvements in all areas of New Orleans. Next year’s budget allocates $28.5 million for catch basin cleaning, right-of-way maintenance and a new Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans substation. The City will also fund the Electric Vehicle Charging plan to install charging stations in more communities. It also allocates $14.6 million toward expanding youth services such as the Pathways Program, Summer Success Program, workforce development training, the STEM NOLA Training Hub and diversion and conflict resolution initiatives.  

The 2023 budget was crafted through extensive resident engagement led by the Cantrell Administration and creates unprecedented access to critical resources, while presenting action-oriented programming. This administration will continue to prioritize moving this city forward through a Strategic Framework to create a better New Orleans for generations to come as reflected by today’s budget adoption.  

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