Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement Announces Return of Community Office Hours
Community office hours have returned to locations throughout the city. Liaisons with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement are available to connect with residents at locations in every city council district across New Orleans from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Community Office Hours help make City Hall more accessible, responsive to a greater number of residents in order to more effectively address important neighborhood issues.
Because of COVID-19, office hours will be by appointment only. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with neighborhood liaisons and city personnel in person or by virtual appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, residents can call (504) 658-4934 or go to www.nola.gov/coh.
Property Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 28
The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for 2022 property tax payments due to the significant number of damaged properties as a result of Hurricane Ida. Homeowners have until Feb. 28, 2022, to submit tax payments.
To better serve taxpayers, public libraries throughout the city will be stationed as quick-serve drop-off locations. The following locations will serve as drop-off locations on Feb. 24, 25, and 28 only:
East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.
Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.
Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.
Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr.
City of New Orleans employees will be available at each drop-off location to receive sealed envelopes containing no more than three property tax stubs and payments. Cash will not be accepted, and receipts will not be provided.
Taxpayers can also mail payments with the scannable bill stub using the enclosed envelope.
Accepted forms of payment include a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order (no cash).
E-check and credit card payments are also accepted online at the city’s website.
There is no convenience fee when you use your checking account (e-check).
Credit or debit card use is available A 2.49 percent processing fee is added with the use of credit or debit cards.
For more information, please contact the Bureau of Treasury at (504) 658-1712 or (504) 658-1720.
NOPD Accepting Applications for Police Community Advisory Boards
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is looking for residents interested in joining the Police Community Advisory Board. Open enrollment officially began on Jan. 10, for PCAB Advisory Groups city-wide.
There is one board for each of the eight NOPD districts. PCAB members serve a 24-month term. Membership is open to all New Orleans residents 18 years old or older who are interested in volunteering in their respective police district.
Police Community Advisory Boards help NOPD to engage in a collaborative problem-solving process with the community to enhance public safety. The advisory boards are responsible for vetting community ideas/suggestions, working with NOPD to understand operations, processes, and challenges, and building consensus on priority items important to the community before submitting recommendations to NOPD for consideration. The boards also assist NOPD in recruitment efforts.
The group does not have any decision making authority, but will meet quarterly to achieve the following goals:
• Maintain a consistent partnership between the community and law enforcement;
• Serve to help reduce crime and enhance the quality of life for all citizens;
• Establish goals that can be accomplished through positive and open communications;
• Assist law enforcement in helping to maintain police standard for accountability;
• Create processes to help address issues of bias-based policing;
• Improve interaction between police and citizens through education and training; and
• Strengthen and ensure the application of equal protection under the law for all citizens.
For more information or to apply, please visit us at www.nola.gov/pcab.