The fees that support private security patrols in two Uptown neighborhoods between Magazine and St. Charles Avenue — the Hurstville and Upper Audubon districts — are both up for renewal on Saturday’s ballots.
The Hurstville Security and Neighborhood Improvement District runs primarily from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue between Nashville and Jefferson avenues, but it also extends for several blocks onto the lake side of St. Charles and the downtown side of Jefferson. It was created after appearing on ballots in November 2007, and won approval with 62 percent of the 716 ballots cast, state records show.
The district collects a per-parcel fee to pay for patrols by off-duty NOPD officers. The original fee started at $395 per parcel in 2008, though the maximum allowed was $500 with an additional $25-per-year increase allowed afterward, if the district’s board deemed it necessary. The fee was $455 in 2011, district records show, and remains at the same level in 2014, said district administrator Shelley Landrieu.
The renewal raises the maximum fee the district can set to $550, and allows that to be increased by $25 per year after 2015. The question will appear on ballots in the district as follows, according to the Secretary of State’s website:
Hurstville Security and Neighborhood Improvement District Proposition
Shall the City of New Orleans continue to levy the authorized annual fee in an amount not to exceed a maximum per year of five hundred fifty dollars ($550.00) plus twenty-five dollars ($25) per year for each calendar year after 2015 on each parcel of improved land in the Hurstville Security and Neighborhood Improvement District (the District) (except as otherwise provided), as specified by Council Resolution R-13-378, for eight (8) years commencing January 1, 2015 and ending December 31, 2022 unless further continued by the voters, to promote and encourage District security, beautification, and overall betterment, which fee is estimated to generate approximately $325,890 per year?
The Upper Audubon Security District runs between Magazine and St. Charles Avenue in a thin sliver from the upper side of Audubon Park to Broadway Street — essentially covering the length of Audubon and Walnut streets in that area.
The district was created after winning 85 percent of the 547 ballots cast in November 2008 with a $500 fee, the same amount that the district is seeking to renew for six years. The district contracts with Weiser Security for patrols, according to its website.
Upper Audubon Security District Proposition
Shall the city of New Orleans renew and levy a special annual fee (except for parcels whose owner qualified for the special assessment level provided by Article VII, Section 18(G)(1) of the Louisiana Constitution), to be called the Upper Audubon Security District Fee, on each parcel of land in the Upper Audubon Security District, within the following boundaries: the uptown side of Audubon Park to St. Charles Avenue (river side only) to Broadway (both sides) to Magazine Street (lakeside only) and back to the uptown side of Audubon Park, in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500), for six (6) years, commencing on January 1, 2015 and ending on December 31, 2020, which is estimated to generate approximately $171,000 per year to be used exclusively to aid in crime prevention and reduction by providing additional security for residents of the Upper Audubon Security District as determined and managed by the Board of Commissioners of the Upper Audubon Security District, which additional security (public or private) provided by the district shall be supplemental to and not in lieu of personnel and services provided in the district by the New Orleans Police Department?