Louisiana Property Tax Exemption for Veterans' Spouses, Amendment 4 (2012)

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Property Tax Exemption for Veterans' Spouses Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Louisiana Constitution
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature
Topic:Taxes
Status:Approveda
The Louisiana Property Tax Exemption for Veterans' Spouses Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Louisiana, where it was approved.

The measure provided property tax exemptions to certain veterans' spouses. The measure was sent to the ballot during the 2012 state legislative session as SB 337.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Louisiana Amendment 4 (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,264,847 73.51%
No455,78026.49%

Official results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[1]

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?[2]

Support

No formal support was identified.

Opposition

No formal opposition was identified.

Media editorial positions

Opposition

  • 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."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Louisiana legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

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.

See also

External links

Additional reading

References

  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, "2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments," accessed August 17, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Advocate,"Our Views: Our position on amendments 3, 4 & 5," November 2, 2012