Lagniappe: Operating Budget Comparison, 1956 & 1996

In 1956, the New Orleans municipal government employed 6,291 workers. The budget of expenditures for that year totalled $26.2 million. By 1996, the number of employees had actually declined to 6,120, but the budget of expenditures had swelled to $408.5 million.

The two charts shown below (prepared by Gail Cassagne of the NOPL Office of Strategic Planning and Major Campaigns) provide a graphical comparison of budgeted municipal expenditures in 1956 and 1996.



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