Utilities and more
A. Electricity/ LIGHTS AND GAS: Entergy is the electrical and gas utility company in Orleans Parish.
Pros: Easy to set up an account via the phone or online
Con's: You have to be at the building you want power or GAS in a 4 hour increment to get them to turn on the utilities, especially if you have gas on the property. This can be a pain...assume you have to take the whole day off for this. The gas person may not be the electric person...the gas person will come in and check to make sure your water heater, (if it is gas) or oven pilot is on.
ENTERGY PHONE NUMBER: 1-800-368-3749
LInk to the Entergy site: http://www.entergy-neworleans.com/
B. Water, Sewer and Garbage and Recycling
Sewage and Water Board (SWB) is the local utility.
Pro's: They respond fast to turn over service, and once you sign up in person, it is very easy to pay your bill online.
Con's: You have to go down and physically be in front of SWB and give them your ID, proof of ownership and your first born. Their reputation is getting better....take a deep breath, pay for parking and go early in the day, (by 9:00 am).
Their phone number: (504) 529-2837
Their address on the edge of the CBD: 625 St Joseph St, New Orleans, LA 70165
The website link: https://www.swbno.org/
Cox Communications is your only real choice for high speed and TV at the end of the day...which somewhat stinks the big one.
Pros: less expensive than some other comparable cities and more reliable
Cons: The installers like to make you wait. And wait. And keep waiting. Then they like to send out contractors that wrap your house / apartment with cable like your house is a Christmas tree.
Their customer service number is: 1-866-456-9944
Their website link >> http://www.cox.com/residential/home.cox
City Hall New Orleans Style
You will notice locals cry alot about taxes and City Hall. Most of the time neither are as bad or complicated as in other comparable cities.
City Hall tries really hard to get things straight and make it easy for you to give them your money.
If you own a house, you get to deduct the property tax basis for the first $75,000.00 in value....so this can save you money straight up! When you first buy your house, after about two weeks, goto City Hall and get your name registered so you can this deduction.
Call us at (504) 233-3325.
if you have more questions on how to get things done at City Hall.
Here is the CONTACT INFO LINK at City Hall