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Greater New Orleans Tea Party Message Board ELECTIONS 2019 .......ROAD TO VICTORY › OCT 22- JEFF PARISH MUST VOTE ON TWO PROPOSITIONS.......

OCT 22- JEFF PARISH MUST VOTE ON TWO PROPOSITIONS....... INSPECTOR GENERAL AND TAX CHANGE

Terri
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 2,365
VOTE FOR AN INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR JEFFERSON PARISH AND TAX CHANGE (NOT AN INCREASE)


In the election on October 22nd, you will not only vote on statewide and local candidates and some Constitutional amendments, but Jefferson Parish residents will also vote on two extremely important propositions. These propositions will create the Office of Inspector General for Jefferson Parish. This is an office that we desperately need and which will go a long way in preventing corruption and waste in this parish. Both of these propositions must be approved by voters in order to have an Inspector General.

One proposition is entitled, “Charter Amendment for the Inspector General.” This would amend Jefferson Parish’s Charter to establish the Office of Inspector General and also an Ethics and Compliance Commission.

The other proposition is entitled, “Inspector General Special Services Funding District Proposition,” which provides the authority to collect a half-mill property tax. The voters need to know that this will not result in a tax increase. An ordinance has already been passed by the Jefferson Parish Council to offset this one-half mill tax increase, by reducing by one-half mill an existing millage, no longer needed for its original purpose. This offsetting tax decrease would go into effect if the IG propositions pass. We are concerned that this may be a little confusing, but this is the correct way to rededicate this half mill for the Inspector General so that no tax increase will occur. And we need this independent source of funds in order to have an independent Inspector General.

Our proposed Inspector General would have broad authority to investigate possible ethical and/or legal violations committed by Parish public servants. We also expect the IG to save us money, since he would have the authority to investigate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Parish government.

Parish President John Young is an enthusiastic supporter of the Office of Inspector General. He recently spoke eloquently on the topic “Why We Need an Inspector General” at an event at the East Bank Regional Library sponsored by local business and civic organizations, which support an IG for Jefferson Parish.

In addition to educational qualifications required for the Inspector General, he will also be required to have significant experience—at least five years—in fields related to his duties as IG. And importantly, the Inspector General should NOT have been an employee or elected official of Jefferson Parish for at least the last five years, nor should he be a candidate or a participant in the campaign of any elected official.

However, we are concerned that some people apparently have misconceptions about the proposed Office of Inspector General. We want to REASSURE them that the manner in which the Office of the IG will be implemented will guarantee that it will be completely independent and not politically connected.

First of all, they need to know that a 5-member Ethics and Compliance Commission will recruit, hire and oversee the Inspector General. And the members of this Commission will be composed of members recommended by local colleges and universities, so that it will be a nonpolitical commission.

Furthermore, it is important that the Inspector General can only be removed for CAUSE by the Ethics and Compliance Commission, after conducting a public hearing.

The Ethics and Compliance Commission will also have the authority to hear, judge and impose penalties for violations that may be uncovered and alleged by an investigation of the IG.

New Orleans has a very successful Inspector General, Mr. Edouard Quatrevaux. You have probably read about him in the Times Picayune, in articles as well as in complimentary editorials. He has gone after fraud and corruption. In addition, he has identified a great deal of waste, saving significant amounts of money. Thus he has more than paid for himself. Mr. Quatrevaux enthusiastically supports an Inspector General for Jefferson Parish.

In closing, I want to emphasize, once again, two important facts:

1. The Inspector General will be completely independent.

2. There will be no tax increase to pay for the Inspector General.

Citizens for Good Government firmly believes that the future of good government in Jefferson Parish depends on a completely independent Office of Inspector General, and we urge the voters of Jefferson Parish to vote for both of these IG propositions. They will ensure an independent IG without a tax increase.




This is the flyer:


CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT URGES YOU TO:

Please vote on October 22nd to support two propositions on the ballot. One will change Jefferson Parish’s charter to enable us to have an independent Inspector General and the second will provide funding without a tax increase.

Why:

 Corruption and waste are serious problems that erode public confidence in government. Jefferson Parish residents know this firsthand.

 Jefferson Parish needs an independent Inspector General who would be selected by a nonpolitical Board composed of members recommended by the various local colleges and universities.

 The Inspector General would have broad authority to investigate possible ethical and/or legal violations committed by Parish public servants.

 The Inspector General would also be given the authority to investigate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Parish governmental operations, thus saving the Parish large amounts of money.

 No tax increase will be necessary. If approved by voters, one-half mill of tax no longer needed by another parish department will be rededicated for the office of Inspector General.

FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER TO DISTRIBUTE TO VOTERS....GO HERE: http://www.meetup.com...­


For additional information or to help with this effort, please contact Margaret Baird 836-2025 or Margie Seemann 912-1936.



Terri
user 9090133
Kenner, LA
Post #: 2,460
FYI...... I early voted yesterday in KENNER....... I did get to vote on whether I want the IG position created (YES!!!!) BUT....... Kenner does NOT vote on the tax issue for funding the IG spot.

I assume Kenner does NOT pay this tax...so we don't get to vote on it. The staff at the polling place in Kenner (408 Minor Street) were NOT at all knowledgable on this issue. They kept telling me the tax issue would be on the NOV ballot...which I knew was incorrect. I finally reviewed ALL the ballots printed on the wall and discovered that Kenner precincts do NOT vote on the tax.!!!
Connie Z.
ConnieZ
Kenner, LA
Post #: 427
That is so strange that Kenner people don't vote on the tax part. It doesn't seem as though Jefferson Parish residents would want us to vote to create a position that only they have to pay for. I believe all Kenner residents pay not only Kenner property tax, but also Jefferson Parish property tax.

Hmmm.

But, there may be a reasonable explanation.

Does anyone know it?
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