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Ad Valorem Assessment & Tax Watch – Update

October 24, 2015 Ballot

Property Tax Related Constitutional Amendments and Local Propositions

Statewide

Constitutional Amendments ACT 470

  • CA NO. 4 (Act 470 – HB 360) – Property Tax Exemption for Public Land/Property

If passed, this constitutional amendment would remove the property tax exemption for public lands and other public property owned by another state or a political subdivision of another state.

Parish and Precinct Specific

Calcasieu

  • Waterworks Dist. No. 10 of Wd. 7 – 15 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Gravity Drainage Dist. No. 4 of Ward 3 – 5.79 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Gravity Drainage Dist. No. Five of Ward Four – 4.78 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Gravity Drainage Dist. No. Eight of Ward One – 11.04 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Community Ctr. & Playground Dist. No. 4 of Wd. 1 – 2.0 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Houston Rvr. Wtrwrks. Dist No. 11 of Wds 4 & 7 – 5.51 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.
  • Wd. Six Fire Prot. Dist. No. One – 12.25 Mills – BOC – 10 Yrs.

East Baton Rouge

  • PW Public Library System – 11.1 Mills – Metro Council – 10 Yrs.
  • Downtown Development District – 10 Mills – Metro Council – 5 Yrs.  (EBR DDD additional information)
  • Cons. Sch. Dist. No. 1 Prop. No. 1 – .72 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs
  • Cons. Sch. Dist. No. 1 Prop. No. 2 – 1.04 Mills – SB – 10 Yrs.
  • Cons. Sch. Dist. No. 1 Prop. No. 3 – 5.99 Mills – SB- 10 Yrs
  • City of Zachary – 5% Tax – CC – Perp. (Hotel Occupancy Tax)

For additional information regarding these propositions click hereor contact us. 

 

Ad Valorem Assessment & Tax Watch – Update

Louisiana Amendments and Parish Propositions  

November 4, 2014 Elections

Proposed Amendment No. 6  – Passed

Act No. 870 House Bill No. 111, Regular Session, 2014, By Representative Leger The amendment authorizes the governing authority of Orleans Parish to increase the annual millage rate levied for fire and police protection, to require that the revenue from the fire and police millages be used for fire and police protection service enhancements, and to require that any increase be approved by the voters of Orleans Parish.  (Amends Article VI, Section 26(E)).  The current Orleans millage is 5.21 for fire and 5.26 for police, without applying the homestead exemption.  The proposed amendment would allow for the tax to be increased to 10 mils each for fire and police. This is a statewide amendment, which if passed, will then be proposed to the voters of the Parish of Orleans. If it passes, it is anticipated that it will then be on the December 2014 ballot for Orleans Parish.

Proposed Amendment No. 7 – Passed

Act No. 433 Senate Bill No. 96, Regular Session, 2013, By Senator Adley The amendment provides that the homesteads of veterans with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent unemployability or totally disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and their surviving spouses, shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation for up to one hundred fifty thousand dollars, and that a parishwide vote shall not be required to implement this change in qualification for the exemption. (Amends Article VII, Section 21(K)(1) and (3))

Proposed Amendment No. 9 – Passed

Act No. 432 Senate Bill No. 56, Regular Session, 2013, By Senator Morrell and Representatives Barrow, Ritchie and Thibaut The amendment would exclude owners who are permanently totally disabled from the requirement that they annually certify to the assessor the amount of their adjusted gross income in order to receive the Special Assessment Level on their residences for property tax purposes. (Amends Article VII, Section 18(G)(1)(a)(iv))

 Orleans Parish Propositions

Parish of Orleans, Proposed Proposition; Law Enforcement District Proposition (Millage)       –   Failed

11/4/2014 LEDP In summary, the Law Enforcement District is geographically congruent with the Parish of Orleans, the tax proceeds would go to the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office, and the levy of the tax would be in the amount of 2.9 mils, minus the rate of the current tax, for a period of 10 years.  Currently, the District levies a tax of 2.9 mils which is applied toward the principle and interest payment of outstanding bond indebtedness.  As the outstanding bonds are retired, and the tax proceeds are no longer used for interest and principle payments on the debt, the Sheriff will continue to collect up to 2.9 mils in taxes.  The proceeds may be use by the Law Enforcement District for operations, maintenance and the upkeep of the parish prison and related facilities.

Ad Valorem Assessment & Tax Watch – Louisiana 2014 Legislative Session

Ad Valorem Assessment & Tax Watch

Louisiana – Orleans Parish

June 9, 2014

Real Estate Tax Group has been following the current Legislative Session, and you may have an interest in these proposed property assessment and ad valorem tax related constitutional amendments:

Louisiana State Legislative Session – 2014

HOUSE BILL NO. 111

The proposed constitutional amendment authorizes Orleans Parish to increase the millage, and to levy up to ten mils for the purpose of police protection and ten mils for the purpose of fire protection.

As with the millage to be replaced, 5.26 for police and 5.21 for fire, the proposed, if passed, would not be subject to the Homestead Exemption.  In addition to this millage, there is currently a 6.40 millage for Fire & Police that is covered by the Homestead Exemption.

The proposed amendment would be submitted to the voters at the election scheduled for November 4, 2014; if approved, it would then be submitted to the New Orleans City Council, and subsequently to the voters of Orleans Parish for a parish wide vote.

You may view this 2014 Proposed Constitutional Property Tax Amendment HB. 111 by clicking here.

Passed by the House and Senate as amended; will be presented to the voters of the State on November 4, 2014, and to the electors of Orleans Parish.

HOUSE BILL NO. 488

The proposed Constitutional Amendment authorizes agents of the tax collector to sell property for delinquent taxes and requires the fee of the authorized agent to be included within the costs recoverable in the sale.

In January 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the City of New Orleans Ordinance No. 2207, permitting the City to authorize a third party firm to collect delinquent property taxes, was unconstitutional.  Furthermore, the assessed penalties and fees levied by the outside collector were in violation of the law.  See Jackson v. The City of New Orleans, No. 2010 C/W 2012-CA-2743.

You may view this proposed constitutional amendment, impacting the property tax sale process, along with the collection of associated penalties and fees, by clicking here HB. 488.

Passed by the House and Senate as amended; will be presented to the voters on November 4, 2014.

HOUSE BILL NO. 575

This bill relates to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Services Financing District, altering the term of the levy of the tax.

The present law provides for the City of New Orleans to levy and collect a tax up to 10 mils, and the tax shall expire on December 31 after the 2014 mayoral election for the City of New Orleans.  Furthermore, the election to authorize renewal of the tax shall be held at the same time as the mayoral primary election for the City of New Orleans.

The proposed law changes the provision for the expiration of the tax from a specific date to a term not to exceed eight years.

You may view this 2014 Proposed Property Tax related Amendment HB. 575 by clicking here.

Passed by the House and Senate as amended; sent to the Governor for executive approval.

We will monitor the bills as they progresses through the legislative process and apprise you of salient developments.

Institute for Economic Development & Real Estate Research – 2014 UNO Economic Outlook & Real Estate Forecast Seminars

The University of New Orleans will be hosting their 2014 Economic Outlook & Real Estate Forecast Seminars

Friday, May 9, 2014 – New Orleans

Friday, June 6, 2014 – Northshore

Additional information is available via their website available by clicking here.

http://www.uno.edu/coba/realestate/