Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption, Amendment 5 (2010)
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This measure extended for a further two years the homestead exemption for those unable to live in their homes due to recent natural disasters. This extended the time limit to seven years, or in special cases ten years.
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Louisiana Amendment 5 (2010)|
Official results via Louisiana Elections Division.
Text of measure
The ballot text read as follows:
To authorize continuation of the homestead exemption and the special assessment level for a homestead that has been destroyed or is uninhabitable due to a disaster for two years if the homeowner's claim for damages is pending in a formal appeal process with a governmental agency or program offering assistance for repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by the disaster or if a homeowner has a damage claim filed and pending against the insurer of the property; to authorize an assessor to grant up to three additional oneyear extensions of the continuation of the homestead exemption and the special assessment level as prescribed by law. (Amends Article VII, Sections 18(G)(5) and 20(A)(10))
Media editorial positions
- The Advocate was in support of this measure because it allowed for a longer period of time for people to re-occupy their homes. In situations such as post Hurricane Katrina, longer periods would have been beneficial, they argued.
- The Shreveport Times was also in favor of this measure because it granted an extension they said was needed by many homeowners which was only fair while they waited for damage claims to be filed.
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify for the ballot the proposed measure required the approval of 2/3rds of the members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature.
- Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council, Guide to November Amendments
- SB 21 full text
- Louisiana Constitutional Amendments for consideration in 2010
- Louisiana Legislature, "Senate Bill NO. 21"
- The Times-Picayune, "Voters to weigh in on a dozen constitutional amendment proposals this fall," June 22, 2010
- Louisiana Legislature,"Constitutional Amendments for consideration in 2010 (Page 5)," retrieved August 11, 2010
- The Advocate, "Our Views: Our position on proposals," October 21, 2010
- Editorial: Vote for Amendments 5 and 6, against No. 70," October 21, 2010
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