How citizens increased voter turnout in the 2019 election

We created this tool to help community leaders track progress on their voter turnout efforts in the precincts they were working in the 2019 elections.

It tells an incredible story about the impact citizens can have on turnout.

Click here or on the map below to explore the map.


TNO releases impact & equity analysis of 2020 property assessments

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Together New Orleans has released an impact and equity analysis of the 2020 property assessments called "The Good, The Bad and the Just-Plain-Not-Legal."

The analysis looked at two questions:
#1) IMPACT: How seriously will the impact of the assessment increasing be and what people and neighborhoods will be most severely affected?

#2) FAIRNESS: To what extent have the assessment increases been applied consistently across different values and types of property?

The study found that:

  • Several thousand New Orleans households are likely to face unsustainable increases to their property taxes, which have the potential to result in displacement of those families; and
  • The assessments valued low- and moderate-value properties far more aggressively than high-value properties.
  • The assessments under-value vacant land and parking lots
  • The assessments treat as "exempt" $155 million in industrial property which has no tax exemption and is therefore taxable

For more information, please email contact@togethernola.org

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Next Summer Seminar: Alanah Odoms Hebert on how to cut LA incarceration in half

 

Click here to RSVP.

How we can reduce Louisiana's incarceration by 50%
... and save $800 million.

BACKGROUND READING: “Blueprint for Smart Justice: Louisiana,” ACLU, 2018.

Reading is online here.

Tuesday, August 13, 6 to 7pm
Mt. Zion UMC, 2722 Louisiana

Download a pdf event flier here.


TNO discovers big underpayment of corporate property taxes

Folgers Coffee could owe New Orleans more than $1M
BY JESSICA WILLIAMS | STAFF WRITER  

The Folgers Coffee Co. may need to cough up well over $1 million in back property taxes to the city after exemptions for its manufacturing plants in New Orleans East were recently scrapped by the state.

The state Board of Commerce and Industry, which grants exemptions under the state Industrial Tax Exemption Program, or ITEP, in October rejected Folgers’ late application to renew two exemptions it received for those plants in 2012.

No one from Folgers or its parent company, the Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Co., appeared at that time to make the case in person for the board to consider Folgers' application after the deadline, board members said. And in February, when a company official did show up to appeal the denial, members declined to hear the appeal.

For full story, click here.

 


Next TNO Summer Issues Seminar tackles affordable housing

 

Tuesday, July 30th, 6 to 7pm. Click here to RSVP.

Download a pdf event flier here.


TNO Launches Summer Issues Seminars with session on Cash Bail

 

To RSVP to attend on Tuesday, June 25th, click here.

The reading for this session is the Vera Institute's report, "Paid in Full: A Plan to End Money Injustice in New Orleans" (2019). (Click to download.)

Download a printable pdf of the flier here.


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