2014 Louisiana Laws Revised Statutes
TITLE 33 - Municipalities and Parishes
RS 33:9091.10 - Touro Bouligny Security District
Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 33:9091.10
§9091.10. Touro Bouligny Security District
A. Creation. There is hereby created within the parish of Orleans, as more specifically provided in Subsection B of this Section, a body politic and corporate which shall be known as the Touro Bouligny Security District, referred to in this Section as the "district". The district shall be a political subdivision of the state as defined in the Constitution of Louisiana.
B. Boundaries. The boundaries of the district shall be that area within and including the following perimeter street and avenues: Louisiana Avenue to St. Charles Avenue (river side only) to Napoleon Avenue (both sides) to Magazine Street (both sides) and back to Louisiana Avenue (excluding all municipal numbers on Louisiana Avenue).
C. Purpose. The district is established for the primary object and purpose of promoting and encouraging security in the area included within the district.
D. Governance. (1) In order to provide for the orderly development of the district and effectuation of the services to be furnished by the district and to provide for the representation in the affairs of the district of those persons and interests immediately concerned with and affected by security in the area, the district shall be managed by a nine-member board of commissioners, referred to in this Section as the "board". The board shall be composed as follows:
(a) The president of the Touro Bouligny Association.
(b) The board of directors of the Touro Bouligny Association shall appoint four members.
(c) The mayor of the city of New Orleans shall appoint one member of the board from a list of nominations submitted by the Touro Bouligny Association.
(d) The member of the Louisiana House of Representatives whose district encompasses all or the greater portion of the area of the district shall appoint one member from a list of nominations submitted by the Touro Bouligny Association.
(e) The member of the Louisiana Senate whose district encompasses all or the greater portion of the area of the district shall appoint one member from a list of nominations submitted by the Touro Bouligny Association.
(f) The member of the governing authority of the city of New Orleans whose council district encompasses all or the greater portion of the area of the district shall appoint one member from a list of nominations submitted by the Touro Bouligny Association.
(2) All members of the board shall be residents of the district.
(3)(a) Board members serving pursuant to Subparagraphs (1)(b) through (f) of this Subsection shall serve four-year terms after initial terms as provided in this Subparagraph. Two members shall serve an initial term of one year; two shall serve an initial term of two years; two shall serve an initial term of three years; and two shall serve an initial term of four years, as determined by lot at the first meeting of the board.
(b) The member serving pursuant to Subparagraph (1)(a) of this Subsection shall serve during his term of office as president of the Touro Bouligny Association.
(c) Any vacancy which occurs prior to the expiration of the term for which a member of the board has been appointed shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
(4) The board shall elect from its members a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary-treasurer, and such other officers as it may deem necessary. The duties of the officers shall be fixed by the bylaws adopted by the board.
(5) The minute books and archives of the district shall be maintained by the secretary of the board. The monies, funds, and accounts of the district shall be in the official custody of the board.
(6) The board shall adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary or advisable for conducting its business affairs. It shall hold regular meetings as shall be provided for in the bylaws and may hold special meetings at such times and places within the district as may be prescribed in the bylaws.
(7) A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The board shall keep minutes of all meetings and shall make them available through the secretary of the board to residents of the district.
(8) The members of the board shall serve without compensation.
E. Powers and duties. The district, through its board of commissioners, shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To sue and be sued.
(2) To adopt, use, and alter at will a corporate seal.
(3) To receive and expend funds collected pursuant to Subsection G of this Section and in accordance with a budget adopted as provided by Subsection H of this Section.
(4) To enter into contracts with individuals or entities, private or public, for the provision of security patrols in the district.
(5) To purchase items and supplies which the board deems instrumental to achieving the purpose of the district.
(6) To perform or have performed any other function or activity necessary for the achievement of the purpose of the district.
F. Plan. (1) The board shall prepare or cause to be prepared a plan or plans, referred to in this Section as the "plan", specifying the services proposed to be furnished for the district, and it shall conduct such hearings, publish such notice with respect thereto, and disseminate such information as it, in the exercise of its sound discretion, may deem to be appropriate or advisable and in the public interest.
(2) Any plan shall include:
(a) An estimate of the annual and aggregate cost of providing the services set forth in the plan.
(b) An estimate of the aggregate number of mills required to be levied in each year on the taxable real property within the district in order to provide the funds required for the implementation or effectuation of the plan for furnishing the services specified.
G. Taxing authority. (1) The governing authority of the city of New Orleans is hereby authorized to levy and collect annually special taxes, as authorized by the Touro Bouligny Security District, subject to and in accordance with the provisions of this Section.
(2) The amount of the annual tax shall be requested by duly adopted resolution of the board of commissioners. The tax shall be a special ad valorem tax levied on taxable property in the district and shall not exceed sixteen and two-tenths mills.
(3)(a) A tax shall be imposed only after the question of its imposition has been approved by a majority of registered voters of the district voting at a regularly scheduled primary or general election held for that purpose in accordance with the Louisiana Election Code. No other election shall be required except as provided by this Paragraph.
(b) The tax shall expire at the time provided in the proposition authorizing the tax, not to exceed five years from its initial imposition, but the tax may be renewed as provided in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph. Any election to authorize the renewal of the tax shall be held only at the same time as the mayoral primary election. If renewed, the term of the imposition of the tax shall be provided in the proposition authorizing such renewal, not to exceed eight years.
(4) No such tax shall be levied until a plan requiring or requesting the levy of a tax is finally and conclusively adopted pursuant to the provisions of Subsection F of this Section.
(5) No tax shall be imposed upon any parcel whose owner qualifies under the Louisiana Special Assessment Level pursuant to Article VII, Section 18(G)(1) of the Constitution of Louisiana.
(6)(a) The tax shall be collected in the same manner and at the same time as all other ad valorem taxes on property subject to taxation by the city are levied and collected.
(b) Any tax which is unpaid shall be added to the tax rolls of the city and shall be enforced with the same authority and subject to the same penalties and procedures as unpaid ad valorem taxes.
(7)(a) The proceeds of such tax shall be used solely and exclusively for the purpose and benefit of the district; however, the city may retain one percent of the amount collected as a collection fee.
(b) The proceeds shall be paid over to the Board of Liquidation, City Debt, day by day as the same are collected and received by the appropriate officials of the city of New Orleans and maintained in a separate account.
(c) The proceeds shall be paid out by the Board of Liquidation, City Debt, solely for the purposes provided in this Section upon warrants or drafts on the Board of Liquidation, City Debt, by the appropriate officials of the city and the treasurer of the district.
H. Budget. (1) The board of commissioners shall adopt an annual budget in accordance with the Local Government Budget Act, R.S. 39:1301 et seq.
(2) The district shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor pursuant to R.S. 24:513.
I. Miscellaneous provisions. It is the purpose and intent of this Section that any additional security patrols, public or private, provided by the district shall be supplemental to and not in lieu of personnel and services provided in the district by the New Orleans Police Department.
Acts 2005, No. 77, §1, eff. June 21, 2005.