Amid multiple crises, council members move to limit official travel | The Latest | Gambit Weekly

Council Vice President JP Morrell and Council President Helena Moreno today introduced an ordinance to curtail taxpayer paying on “non-crucial” vacation for all metropolis officers.

If handed, the ordinance would limit the mayor and any council member’s spending on airfare and place and board to $1,000 for each excursion.

A the latest public file showed Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her best aides have used about $80,000 on travel given that January 2022, which does not include recent European visits her place of work insists are in order to benefit society and tourism. 

Though it is not unheard of for town leaders to journey for domestic and foreign engagements owing to a host of explanations, Morrell and Moreno evidently are bothered by the “sister town” agreements and community outcry as citizens complain of declining high quality of existence. 

If the ordinance, which will most likely be amended in the coming months, passes, it ostensibly mandates that associates of the metropolis federal government will have to appear out of pocket for nonessential travel.  

“It is in the ideal desire of the taxpayers of the metropolis of New Orleans that management actively seeks techniques to suppress expending on services and initiatives which do not have immediate gains to the individuals of New Orleans,” the doc states.

Non-necessary travel expenditures is 1 way city leadership can reduce pressure on metropolis means, Morrell argued. 

This story has been current to involve Helena Moreno’s assistance for the ordinance.