The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the city of New Orleans must pay $17.5 million for its 2012 share of the city fire department's pension fund.

The high court's 4-2 ruling Friday upheld decisions last year by Civil District Judge Robin Giarrusso and a state appeal court demanding the city pay its 2012 share to the New Orleans Fire Fighters Pension & Relief Fund.

The decision leaves Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration with little choice but to pay the $17.5 million, which the mayor and the City Council did not account for in the 2014 city budget.

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