The New Orleans City Council is now holding budget hearings to discuss the mayor's proposed spending plan for the year ahead.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell has proposed a budget of more than $1 billion that includes $652 million from the city's general fund and millions in federal dollars.
Cantrell wants a capital budget of more than $1 million, a $9 million increase for the sanitation department, and almost $94 million for the New Orleans Police Department.
The City Council has until December 1 to pass a budget for next year.
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