Louisiana Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment (2014)

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Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Taxes
Status:On the ballot

The Louisiana Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment, SB 56 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would delete the requirement that permanently and totally disabled homeowners certify their adjusted gross income annually to have their property assessment capped.[1][2]

The bill was sponsored in the legislature by State Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell (D-3) as Senate Bill 56.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot text reads as follows: [1]

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))[3]

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would amend Section 18(G)(1)(a)(iv) of Article VII of the Constitution of Louisiana:[1]

§18. Ad Valorem Taxes

(G) Special Assessment Level.

(1)(a)
(iv) An owner who is below the age of sixty-five or who is not permanently totally disabled as provided for in Subsubparagraph (a)(i)(dd) of this Paragraph and who has applied for and received the special assessment level may qualify for and receive the special assessment level in the subsequent year by certifying to the assessor of the parish, or in the parish of Orleans, the assessor of the district where the property is located, that such person or persons' adjusted gross income in the prior tax year satisfied the income requirement of this Section. The provisions of this Subsubparagraph (a)(iv) shall not apply to an owner who has qualified for and received the special assessment level for persons sixty-five years of age or older or to such owner's surviving spouse as described in Subsubparagraph (a)(i) of this Subparagraph Subsubparagraph (2)(a)(i) of this Paragraph or for an owner who is permanently totally disabled as provided for in Subsubparagraph (a)(i)(dd) of this Paragraph.[3]


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2014 measures
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November 4
HB 256
HB 532
HB 533
SB 128
HB 131
SB 56
SB 96
HB 426
HB 111
HB 96
HB 628
HB 489
HB 488
HB 341
Endorsements

The measure was introduced into the legislature by Sen. Jean-Paul J. Morrell (D-3).[1]

Supporters

Officials

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Louisiana Constitution

State Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell (D-3) introduced a bill to the legislature to alter the constitution and put the measure before voters on March 25, 2013. The bill was approved through a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers. SB 56 was approved by the Louisiana Senate on May 1, 2013. The amendment was approved by the Louisiana House of Representatives on June 3, 2013.[4]

Senate vote

May 1, 2013 Senate vote

Lousiana SB 56 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 35 100.00%
No00.00%

House vote

June 3, 2013 House vote

Lousiana SB 56 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 88 100.00%
No00.00%

See also

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