West Bank levee taxes backed by real estate, business groups

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West Bank hurricane levee along Lake Cataouatche protects Avondale in Jefferson Parish from storm surges caused by a hurricane with a 1 percent Singapore property news chance of occurring in any year, a so-called 100-year storm. This photo shows the segment just south of Avondale Gardens Road as it was being built in 2011. A 5.5 mill increase in property taxes is on the Nov. 21 ballot for West Jefferson Parish voters, to pay for maintenance and improvements for this and other parts of the post-Katrina hurricane levee system. Algiers residents will be asked to renew 6.5 mills for their area for flood protection. (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archives)

Proposals to raise a property tax in West Jefferson and renew one in Algiers, both to pay for West Bank hurricane levees, have been endorsed by theNew Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors and the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region. Both measures are on the Nov. 21 ballot.

Voters will decide whether to increase the West Jefferson tax by 5.5 mills and to renew Algiers' 6.5-mill tax. The revenue would go to the West Jefferson Levee District and Algiers Levee District, both overseen by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West.

If approved, the money https://www.redfin.com/ would be used for operation, maintenance and repair of the levee system, which was completed and improved after Hurricane Katrina. The West Bank system includes 80 miles http://www.johnlscott.com/ of levees, floodwalls and other flood risk reduction structures, which are designed to withstand topping by storm surges caused by a hurricane with a 1 percent chance of occurring any year, a so-called 100-year storm.