New Orleans city government is expanding yet again next year if Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s 2016 budget gets a sweeping approval from the City Council.
Landrieu’s proposal would add 200 full-time city jobs, the largest expansion of full-time government workers since Landrieu took office. That would make for 4,493 city employees in 2016.
The expansion of government workers in Landrieu’s administration would mean an expansion of just about every department of city government, excluding just a few.
For instance, in the proposal, the New Orleans Public Library system would see an increase of 45 full-time positions thanks to a tax increase that voters approved months ago.
And the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) would see about 60 new workers, while the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) would only see a few new workers.
The spending in Landrieu’s new budget is also well above current expenditures. The $593 million general fund budget is $60 million above the current 2015 budget.