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Audubon Commission

The Commission is, in effect, a board of trustees. Appointed to a six-year term by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council, the Commission is composed of 24 registered voters of the City of New Orleans. It retains all authority granted to it by Louisiana State Act No.191 of 1914. It has specific authority to approve and control design and development of its projects. All monies from bond or tax revenues, approved by the voters of New Orleans for the Audubon Commission, are administered by the Commission. Title to all improvements, furnishings and equipment at the facilities remains in the name of the City of New Orleans via the Audubon Commission.

Meet Our Commission Calendar Minutes

J. Kelly Duncan: President
Daniel O. Conwill IV: First Vice President
Boysie Bollinger: Second Vice President
Linda G. Baum: Secretary
K. Barton Farris, MD: Treasurer

Gayle Benson
Storey Charbonnet
Angus Cooper
Frances Fayard
Rashida Ferdinand
Ashley Francis
Deborah D. Harkins
Bruce R. Hoefer, Jr.
Beth Lambert
Olivia Manning
Helena Moreno
Catherine Morrell
Peter Moss
Field Ogden, MD
Pamela Ryan
Charles C. Teamer
Tom Watson
Carol B. Wise
D. Brent Wood


Wednesday, December 2, 2015: The Audubon Commission voted to keep property tax rates unchanged in 2016.

The tax rate will remain at 3.31 mills, which includes 2.99 mills to support Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Woldenberg Riverfront Park and .32 mills to support Audubon Zoo. Because 2016 is a reassessment year, the Audubon Commission first had to "roll back" the millage to keep the taxes revenue-neutral, then vote to roll them forward.

The owner of a home valued at $250,000 will see an increase of $3.33 per year as a result. This amounts to less than a penny a day.

That is expected to generate about $10.55 million in 2016, an increase of about $350,000 (about 3.4%) from 2015. The additional revenue will be used for infrastructure needs, including a new fire suppression system for the Aquarium. The bulk of the millage revenue is used to pay off bonds to build and improve the Aquarium, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Zoo and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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