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Vote YES for CA#1 on 10/14/2017


“Do you support an amendment to exempt from property taxes materials and other property delivered to a construction site to be made part of a building or other construction?”


Constitutional Amendment #1 protects every tax payer in Louisiana 

who is building or plans to build a home, building or other facility
on their property.


What It Does and Why It Is Needed:

Constitutional Amendment #1 prohibits the assessment of property taxes on any project while it is under construction. Only when construction of a house, building or facility is complete and ready for its intended use should the local assessor place the property on the tax rolls.


This has been the established practice in Louisiana for decades, yet the exemption is not clearly spelled out in the Constitution. In 2016, one parish threatened to tax a major project while it was still under construction.


That potential action poses a significant threat to all Louisiana property owners. If the threatened tax was implemented, construction work would become taxable for every home, barn, and office building under construction in Louisiana.


Constitutional Amendment #1 provides certainty to every business seeking to invest money and create jobs in Louisiana by ensuring it is not targeted with a new, arbitrary and unexpected property tax bill.


What the Amendment Does Not Do:
Constitutional Amendment #1 does not take any revenue away from local governments. Construction projects have not been taxed in the past and this amendment will prevent them from
being taxed in the future.



Who Supports It:

There is a broad and diverse coalition of supporters including:Louisiana Police Jury Association
Louisiana Home Builders Association
Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association
Louisiana Municipal Association
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association
Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
Louisiana REALTORS®
Louisiana Associated General Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors of Louisiana
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Chemical Association
Louisiana Energy Export Association
A bipartisan coalition of State Legislators
Committee of 100 for Economic Development
Offshore Marine Services Association
Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA)
Pulp and Paper Association
Orleans Republican Party
Alliance for Positive Growth
St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Louisiana Chamber-Economic Development Alliance
National Federation of Independent Business
Numerous regional and local economic development organizations



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