Budgetary Information

Statement of the Mid-City Security District on the Increase in Parcel Fees

On September 15, 2016, the Commissioners of the Mid-City Security District voted to increase the security district fees by 10 percent. For most Mid-City residential property owners, this means an increase in the annual fee from $200 to $220. This is the first increase in the fee in the district’s eight-year history.

The increase was made necessary by an increase in operating costs, specifically the cost of hiring New Orleans Police Department officers on an overtime basis to patrol on behalf of the MCSD. Every time NOPD officers receive a well-deserved increase in pay, the costs to MCSD go up 150 percent due to the overtime pay structure.

An event which occurred at the beginning of June, however, greatly drove up the cost of MCSD patrols. The MCSD has long questioned whether or not the rate at which it was being billed by City of New Orleans for patrol officer salaries was too low. Despite assurances from the City that the billings were correct, when the City switched to a new payroll management system, the billing was corrected, and the bi-weekly patrol costs suddenly jumped from an average of $30,500 to $51,800, a 70 percent increase. Needless to say, this increase was not in the budget for the balance of 2016.

When the MCSD was first created, delays between when the parcel fees were first collected and when the patrols were actually started (delays caused by the need to purchase patrol vehicles, ratify a cooperation agreement with the city, and other issues) caused the buildup of a sizable cash reserve. Over the years, this reserve allowed an increase in expenditures on patrols and the purchase of additional patrol vehicles, and eliminated the need increase parcel fees despite increased costs.

With the sudden increase in the billings from the City, the remaining cash reserve is not sufficient to cover the cost of maintaining patrol levels at their current levels through 2017. The Commissioners of the MCSD, therefore, were left with two choices – curtail the patrol hours or increase the parcel fees on residents and businesses. The Board chose to combine the two approaches:

  • First, it approved a decrease in patrol hours, but managed in such a way as to minimize the negative impacts on the safety of Mid-City residents. The Board of the MCSD remains committed to having patrols on the streets 24-hours a day, but the number of those patrol officers at any one time may be reduced during certain periods.
  • Second, the Board voted to increase the parcel fees by 10 percent for 2017. This results in the fee for residential property owners increasing from $200 to $220, for business properties from $300 to $330, and for residential properties with an age freeze in place for property taxes from $100 to $110. These fees are still below the statutory maximums of $250 for residential properties and $350 for commercial properties.
  • In addition, the Board will continue to work with the Assessor and the City to maximize compliance and property classification of residential and commercial parcels.

The MCSD operates on a very lean budget. Of the roughly $1,050,000 budgetted for 2017, only about $50,000 is spent on accounting, audit, legal and insurance services required for a state governmental entity, along with the cost of street lights on certain high-risk areas, lights that have proven effective in reducing crime in those areas. The rest is spent on patrol officer salaries and vehicles. The patrol vehicles suffer significant wear and tear being driven thousands of miles on Mid-City’s streets. The MCSD Commissioners are all unpaid volunteers.

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2013 Year End Financial Statement

Becker Rutledge, LLC

A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
Heritage Plaza, Suite 710 ° 111 Veterans Boulevard Metairie, Louisiana 70005
Telephone 504.832.1664 Facsimile 504.835.6088

ACCOUNTANTS’ COMPILATION REPORT

To the Board of Commissioners
Mid-City Security District
New Orleans, Louisiana

We have compiled the accompanying statement ot assets, liabilities and equity-cash basis ofthe
Mid-City Security District as of December 31, 2013 and the related statements of revenue and
expenses«cash basis torthe three months and twelve months ended December 31 , 2013. We have
not audited or reviewed the accompanying ñnancial statements and, accordingly, do not express an
opinion or provide any assurance about Whether the financial statements are in accordance with the
cash basis of accounting.

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation ofthe financial statements in
accordance with the cash basis ot accounting and for designing, implementing, and maintaining
internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements.

Our responsibility is to conduct the compilation in accordance with Statements on Standards for
Accounting and Review Services issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The objective of a compilation is to assist management in presenting financial information in the
form offinancial statements Without undertaking to obtain or provide any assurance that there are no
material moditications that should be made to the financial statements.

Management has elected to omit substantially all ofthe disclosures ordinarily included in financial
statements prepared in accordance with the cash basis of accounting. lf the omitted disclosures
were included in the financial statements, they might influence the user’s conclusions about the
Company’s assetsI liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenses. Accordingly, the financial statements
are not designed for those who are not informed about such matters.

We are not independent with respect to the Mid-City Security District.

Metairie, Louisiana
January 13, 2014

Mid-City Security District
Statement of Assets, Liabilities & Equity Cash Basis
As of December 31, 2013

Dec 31. 13

ASSETS

Current Assets

Checking/Savings
Cash Accounts

FlrstNBC 1,015,970

Total Cash Accounts 1,015,970

Total Checking/Savings 1.015.970

Total Current Assets 1,015,970

TOTAL ASSETS 1,015,970

LIABILITIES & EQUITY

Equity

Restricted Net Assets 1,257,282
Net (Loss) (241,312)

Total Equity 1.015.970

TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY 1,015,970

 

Mid-City Security District
Statements of Revenues and Expenses Cash Basis
Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2013

Oct- Dec 13 Jan Dec 13

Ordinary Income/Expense

Income

Direct Public Support 17.619 955.114
Investments 4,746 20.726

Total Income 22,366 975.840

Expense

Police and Other Security 244.514 1,039,925
Automobiles for the City of NO 5.171 78,815
Contract Services 21,516 44,589
Operations 8,224 35,568

Other Types of Expenses Y 0 18.254

Total Expense 279,425 1217.152

Net Ordinary (Loss) (257.059) (241512)

Net (Loss) (257.059) (241,312)

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