In the Louisiana election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, there are two constitutional amendments that if passed will affect the property taxes of some Louisiana homeowners and/or veterans with disabilities.
Louisiana Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption Correction, Proposed Amendment No. 7
Act No. 433 Senate Bill No. 96, Regular Session, 2013, By Senator Adley
Do you support an amendment to provide 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))
Upon voter approval, the amendment would empower parishes to grant veterans rated with 100 percent “unemployability” a homestead exemption of $150,000.
Currently, most residents of Louisiana receive a $75,000 homestead exemption on property taxes. 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.
A YES vote on amendment 7 would allow parishes to provide a bonus homestead exemption to veterans rated with “100% unemployability.”
A NO vote on amendment 7 would mean that veterans who are rated “100% unemployable” but less than 100% disabled could not receive the additional homestead exemption.
Louisiana Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break, Proposed Amendment No. 9
Act No. 432 Senate Bill No. 56, Regular Session, 2013, By Senator Morrell and Representatives Barrow, Ritchie and Thibaut
Do you support an amendment to 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))
Upon voter approval, the amendment would delete the requirement that permanently and totally disabled homeowners certify their adjusted gross income annually to have their property assessment capped.
A YES vote on amendment 9 would eliminate the requirement that permanently disabled homeowners under age 65 must certify every year that their income meets the threshold for an assessment freeze.
A NO vote on amendment 9 would mean that permanently disabled homeowners under age 65 would have to continue to certify each year that their income meets the requirements for the freeze.