FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2022
New Orleans City Council Unanimously Approves Downtown Development District’s 2023 Budget
NEW ORLEANS – The Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans (DDD) announced today that the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved its 2023 budget at its December 1, 2022 meeting.
Without increasing its millage rate, the DDD’s approximately $10,500,000 budget allows for increased spending for public safety and sanitation services, among other initiatives. Other budget highlights include (amounts are rounded):
- $3,350,000 for public safety initiatives, including funding for off-duty police details, private security services, code enforcement, and additional lighting.
- $2,600,000 for sanitation services, including daily sidewalk cleaning, post-event cleaning, and graffiti abatement.
- $1,250,000 for the improvement of the stormwater management infrastructure.
- $620,000 for homeless outreach services, including funding for two street outreach social workers and Low Barrier Shelter operations.
- $530,000 for the maintenance and installation of landscaping, including the redevelopment of Crown Park, the home of the Crown Act mural.
- $250,000 for grants for businesses and property owners for façade improvements, parklet installation and improvements, outdoor lighting, graffiti abatement, and security cameras.
“The DDD takes our responsibility as stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars very seriously,” said Davon Barbour, President & CEO. “We believe the 2023 budget reflects our commitment to addressing our stakeholders’ needs and concerns – making Downtown a safe, clean, and inviting place to live, work, and play. We also thank our Board of Commissioners and the City Council for affirming our vision through their approval of our annual budget.”
The 2023 budget and work plan are available at https://downtownnola.com/who-we-are.
About the Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans
Created by the Louisiana Legislature in 1974 (LA Rev Stat § 33:2740.3) as the nation’s first assessment-based Business Improvement District, The Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans (DDD) serves to enhance public safety, sanitation, and economic development services to Downtown New Orleans. It services the 160-block area bounded by Iberville Street, the Pontchartrain Expressway, Claiborne Avenue, and the Mississippi River.