Louisiana Orleans Parish Tax for Fire and Police Protection, Amendment 6 (2014)
The Louisiana Orleans Parish Tax for Fire and Police Protection, Amendment 6 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure authorized Orleans Parish to increase the annual ad valorem tax levied for fire and police protection and required that the revenue from the fire and police millages be used for fire and police protection service enhancements. It did this by raising the special millage caps for police and fire protection from five to ten mills. The measure also required a separate vote on the increase by constituents of Orleans Parish.
The proposed amendment was introduced into the Louisiana Legislature by State Representative Walt Leger, III (D-91) as House Bill 111. Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) of New Orleans proposed the amendment.
|Louisiana Amendment 6|
Election results via: Louisiana Secretary of State
Text of measure
The proposed ballot text read as follows:
|“||Do you support an amendment to authorize 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))
(Effective January 1, 2015) (Amends Article IX, Section 7(A))
(E) Additional Taxes for Orleans Parish.
The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument in support:
|“||The city of New Orleans has a crying need for better public services to help protect residents from crime, contribute to rebuilding after the tragic effects of Katrina and foster citywide economic development. Because New Orleans has been so constrained by the old millage cap, raising it would allow for desperately needed funds to help New Orleans decide its own destiny. The parish has faced unexpected expenditures stemming from police and sheriff consent decrees along with firefighter retirement settlements. The amendment could raise proceeds for public safety initia- tives. This change would affect only owners of property in Orleans Parish. Other parishes across the state would not face any changes to their millage caps or rates as a result of this amendment.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
The Public Affairs Research Council provided arguments for and against the constitutional amendment. The following was the council's argument against:
|“||Orleans already has the highest general and special millage caps of any parish in the state. Doubling the special millage cap would open the door for the New Orleans City Council to raise taxes. While the amendment itself does not raise taxes, a current or future City Council or mayor, sooner or later, is sure to press for higher millages. Once the cap is raised, New Orleans prospectively will become a more expensive and less competitive city for business development and home ownership. Higher taxes are not the best path to post-Katrina recovery. The city would do better to constrain spending and waste.||”|
—Public Affairs Research Council
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution
A two-thirds majority vote was required in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature in order to place the constitutional amendment on the ballot. House Bill 111 was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 27, 2014. The measure was approved by the Louisiana House on May 29, 2014. The amendment was approved unanimously in both chambers.
May 27, 2014 Senate vote
|Louisiana HB 111 Senate Vote|
May 29, 2014 House vote
|Louisiana HB 111 House Vote|
- The Times-Picayune, "Potentially major tax increase for New Orleans public safety headed to voters," May 29, 2014
- Louisiana Legislature, "House Bill No. 111," accessed April 9, 2014
- Public Affairs Research Council, "Guide to the 2014 Constitutional Amendments," accessed September 12, 2014
- The Lens, "Legislature approves property tax hike for New Orleans police & fire; now heads to voters," May 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Louisiana Legislature, "HB111 Status," accessed May 30, 2014
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