Louisiana Property Tax Exemption for Veterans' Spouses, Amendment 4 (2012)
|Property Tax Exemption for Veterans' Spouses Amendment|
|Referred by:||Louisiana State Legislature|
The measure provides property tax exemptions to certain veterans' spouses. The measure was sent to the ballot during the 2012 state legislative session as SB 337.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Louisiana Amendment 4 (2012)|
All 4,267 precincts reporting. However, pending final certification of election results.
Results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.
Text of measure
The official ballot text read as follows:
|“||Do you support an amendment to exempt from ad valorem taxation, in addition to the homestead exemption, the next seventy-five thousand dollars of value of property owned and occupied by the spouse of a deceased veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent who passed away prior to the enactment of the exemption?||”|
Media editorial positions
- The Advocate said, "We are deeply grateful for the service and sacrifices of Louisiana’s veterans, and we have always vigorously supported a strong network of programs for veterans’ assistance. However, we believe that the use of property tax law is not the best way to assist veterans or their families. We fear that using property tax exemptions in this way will lead to arguments for similar exemptions for other interest groups, needlessly expanding what could already be the most generous homestead exemption in the country.
We urge voters to reject this well-meaning amendment."
Path to the ballot
The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment required a two-thirds vote from members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature to be placed on the statewide ballot.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments," retrieved August 17, 2012
- Advocate,"Our Views: Our position on amendments 3, 4 & 5," November 2, 2012