Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption, Amendment 5 (2010)

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A Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption, Amendment 5, also known as Act 1050, was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was approved.

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.[1]

This measure was proposed by Edwin Murray of the Louisiana State Senate. [2]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Louisiana Amendment 5 (2010)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 700,116 62%
No432,78638%

Official results via Louisiana Elections Division.

Text of measure

The ballot text read as follows:[3]

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))

Constitutional changes

Article 7, Sections 18(G)(5) and 20(A)(10) of the Louisiana Constitution was amended.[1]

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Louisiana ballot measures, 2010

Support

  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Louisiana legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

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.

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