VCPORA Membership Meeting - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

VCPORA Membership Meeting
BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL (717 Orleans) - 6:00 p.m.
TOPIC:  Proposed Taxing District for the French Quarter

As many of you know, a group comprising French Quarter and Marigny business and neighborhood representatives was formed after the storm.  Its name is the French Quarter Marigny Historic Area Management District (FQMHAMD).  The idea was to have a group dedicated to improving the safety and infrastructure of one of the city’s – and state’s – most important economic resources.  The initial plans envisioned state funding to carry out this agenda, but the appropriations never materialized. 

There will now be a vote on a self-tax
on all properties in the District,
to be on a ballot in the fall

Only registered voters in the District will cast votes, although all property owners would be taxed.  There is a gradation of fees, covering individual residences, apartment buildings, and several sizes of commercial establishments.  To see details of the plan, click here.

VCPORA has not taken a position on this important issue yet because we want to get feedback from you, our members. 
This meeting will be both informational, with positions both pro and con explored, and will offer opportunities for comment from the public.  We hope to see many of you there.

If you'd like to familiarize yourself with the plan, click here to read it    

Quality of Life Enforcement

In response to the recent efforts to enforce the numerous quality of life ordinances on the books, VCPORA issues the following statement:

VCPORA members enjoy music and support street musicians as contributors to New Orleans's rich cultural scene. To preserve the livability of the historic French Quarter, we also support the long-standing ordinance that permits outdoor music only between 6Am and 8PM.  We have long encouraged NOPD to enforce all ordinances that contribute to the enhancement of both residential and visitor experiences