Homestead Tax Exemption for Veterans Passed in Louisiana

In the November 4, 2014, election, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved amendment seven which increased the homestead exemption for veterans with a 100 percent unemployability rating. The amendment passed with 74 percent of the vote.

Louisiana homeowners are exempt from paying property taxes on the first $75,000 of the assessed value of an owner-occupied home. Since 2010, veterans rated with 100 percent “service-connected disability” have received a homestead exemption of $150,000. This created situations where disabled veterans with an 80 percent “service-connected disability” rating, but a 100 percent “unemployability” rating did not receive the tax exemption.

The new amendment allows parishes to grant 100 percent unemployable veterans the additional homestead exemption without the need for a parish-wide election to approve it. The disability still has to be service connected, but not necessarily incurred as a result of combat.

The amendment had a large majority of votes in every Louisiana parish:

Parish

YES

NO

Acadia

13944

5361

Allen

4861

1878

Ascension

25930

10286

Assumption

5235

1622

Avoyelles

7858

3746

Beauregard

7729

2234

Bienville

3679

1172

Bossier

24536

6490

Caddo

54272

15472

Calcasieu

46447

11593

Caldwell

2629

1041

Cameron

1996

457

Catahoula

2364

953

Claiborne

3465

921

Concordia

4060

1552

De Soto

6845

2037

East Baton Rouge

91343

45369

East Carroll

1561

796

East Feliciana

4982

2281

Evangeline

7038

3078

Franklin

4099

1914

Grant

4391

1511

Iberia

15568

4863

Iberville

8209

3391

Jackson

4170

1422

Jefferson

87157

25559

Jefferson Davis

7584

2450

Lafayette

51450

15423

Lafourche

20099

6314

Lasalle

3888

837

Lincoln

9648

3193

Livingston

28284

9597

Madison

2116

846

Morehouse

5777

2119

Natchitoches

8350

2959

Orleans

75781

24495

Ouachita

31976

12267

Plaquemines

6066

1689

Pointe Coupee

5601

2596

Rapides

30077

11073

Red River

1950

616

Richland

4627

1796

Sabine

4569

1820

St. Bernard

7554

3065

St. Charles

13930

3687

St. Helena

2842

1164

St. James

6121

2425

St. John The Baptist

10374

3110

St. Landry

19908

7576

St. Martin

12084

3872

St. Mary

11014

3732

St. Tammany

60032

18893

Tangipahoa

24306

9437

Tensas

1216

432

Terrebonne

21252

6309

Union

5381

2063

Vermilion

12896

3959

Vernon

7779

2951

Washington

9436

3281

Webster

9302

3043

West Baton Rouge

6431

2447

West Carroll

2261

678

West Feliciana

2990

1339

Winn

3060

1173

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