New Orleans City Council Wants Nonprofits To Pay More Taxes

The New Orleans City Council is looking for nonprofits to pay more taxes.

At a council committee meeting on taxes yesterday, members focused on ways to solve New Orleans' perpetual problem of squeezing money from thousands of properties owned by tax-exempt nonprofits, such as private schools, churches, and charities.

Roughly 4,400 properties worth about $4 billion are off the tax rolls in Orleans Parish because of the nonprofit exemption.

The Bureau of Governmental Research has long pushed for changes in the way the state and city handle the nonprofit exemptions, arguing that allowing many such groups to avoid property taxes increases the burden on other property owners.

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