When you go to the polls on Saturday, you will help decide a number of issues from proposed statewide constitutional amendments to a seat on the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.

At the state level, there are three proposed amendments, two of which deserve your support. Locally, voters north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway should support a tax renewal for the North Lafourche Levee District.

 

Constitutional Amendment No. 1 – Support

This amendment would essentially place into state law a longstanding practice.

Tax assessors have traditionally charged property taxes only on the land while new construction is underway.

So, if you buy a piece of land and move material onto the property, there is no tax on the material or the structure until it is completed.

This amendment would codify this practice.

It is only fair to wait until a structure is being used to charge tax on it. And, waiting until the end of construction keeps the assessor from having to conduct a daily inventory on what is on the construction site.

It just makes sense to align state law with what is already being done.

 

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 – No position

This amendment would expand the number of people eligible for a special property tax exemption on top of the homestead exemption that applies to everyone.

Voters have extended a special tax exemption to surviving spouses of members of the military, law enforcement officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty. This amendment would include EMTs, volunteer firefighters and law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been on the job for less than a year.

While its goal is laudable, it carves out yet another tax exemption.

With that said, the impact of this change would be relatively small.

 

Constitutional Amendment No. 3 – Support

This change would establish a fund to receive any money generated by future gas taxes and require that it be used on transportation and infrastructure projects.

It is a shame that such an amendment is necessary, but it is.

The Transportation Trust Fund has seen money diverted from it for expenses such as the State Police’s budget and the administration of the Department of Transportation and Development.

The gas taxes we pay – and the gas taxes we will pay in the future – should go to the pressing needs of our infrastructure.

This amendment will help make sure that is what happens.

 

North Lafourche Levee District tax renewal – Support

The Levee District is seeking renewal of its property tax, but it is actually seeking a decrease.

It currently collects a 7-mill tax. But it is seeking to collect just 6 mills.

This measure will allow the district to continue its vital work and collect less in property taxes than it does now.

This is a winning proposition for the public.

 

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