- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When Algiers voters go to the polls next week, they will be asked to renew a property tax that generates $1.2 million a year for flood protection.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://goo.gl/fcK7m4 ) reports that early voting on the measure ends Nov. 14. The measure will be on the Nov. 21 ballot.

If approved, the 6.35-mill tax would continue for 30 years.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West, which has jurisdiction over Algiers, said the renewal is necessary to fund daily operations and new obligations. The new obligations include operating the West Closure Complex and raising subsiding levees.

Algiers was part of the Orleans Levee District until 2007, when it was placed under the regional authority as part of post-Katrina reforms. Of the authority’s $7.2 million annual budget, Algiers contributes $2.4 million.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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