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.