Home Rule and City Charter



  1. Greater local ["local," 1980]control of city services presently under state control.
  2. Equitable apportionment of council districts for New Orleans [#1. and #2., before 1970].
  3. Council elected by district and at-large [1977].
  4. Referendum on any revision of the City Charter.  [1977].
  5. The City Charter should ["should" 1999]:
  1. Protect life, liberty, and property against government incursion, and enhance the quality of life ["enhance the quality of life," 1987];

  2. Ensure taxation with full public awareness

  3. Ensure that public money is spent and public property is properly disposed of only after full and public discussion

  4. Provide guidelines which allow public scrutiny to eliminate conflict of interest, eliminate favoritism, and require competitive public bidding in awarding of public contracts [1977, 1999];

  5. Improve efficiency in city services

  6. Retain the two-term limit for mayor [1984];

  7. Retain a balanced budget provision;

  8. Contain an overall nondiscriminatory statement;

  9. Retain an independent Civil Service system;

  10. Assure preservation of the city's historic structures ["structures" 1999], areas, trees, and open spaces;

  11. Contain no stipulated salaries ["b" through "k", 1987];

  12. Retain initiative and referendum provisions;

  13. Require mandatory revision of the City Code at regular intervals;

  14. Provide a finance section that assures the administration flexibility and conforms with generally accepted accounting principles as promulgated by the National Council on Governmental Accounting and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

  15. Provide that the City Notary be appointed by the City Attorney;

  16. Retain the unattached Board of Liquidation, City Debt, and the departments of Fire, Law, Finance, Civil Service and Police.  The Mayor may create, change or abolish other ["other" 1999] offices, departments, agencies, boards and commissions, submitting an ordinance to the Council which provides a plan of city structure.  A complete reorganization may not occur more often than once each mayoral term, but the plan may be amended with Council approval.  Additionally, the Charter should specify that the City must provide for environmental protection, public works, and planning ["l" through "p", 1987, amended 1990, 1999];

  17. Retain provisions for charter review.  Each 10 years the Mayor with City Council approval shall appoint a commission of citizens for the purpose of review, revisions and/or rewriting the charter. [1990, amended 1999].

  18. At least each 10 years, the Mayor with City Council approval shall appoint a commission to review and update the master plan and city zoning law. [1990, amended 1999].

  19. Place the Charter amendments on the ballot divided into logical sections, so long as everything in each section is germane to its topic. [1993].

  20. If amendments to the Charter affecting elections appear on the ballot, they should be placed in a separate section on elections. [1993].

  21. Considering that New Orleans recently voted to limit terms of City Council members, we oppose placing it on the charter revision ballot. [1993].