Early voting begins Tuesday: 14 proposed amendments on ballot
Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 21 and runs through Tuesday, October 28 for elections scheduled for November 4. Voters can vote any day except Sunday at the parish Clerk of Court’s office in either Thibodaux or Galliano between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. On the ballot are 14 proposed amendments to the state Constitution.
Proposed amendment number one deals with a proposal to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund for the payment of Medicaid reimbursement funds to health care provider groups. Proposed amendment number two would create the Hospital Stabilization Fund to protect Medicaid reimbursements for health care services. Proposed amendment three deals with allowing an authorized agent of a tax collector to assist in a tax sale.
Creation and the use of public funds for the capitalization of a state infrastructure bank for eligible transportation projects are up for consideration in proposed amendment four. Proposed amendment five would remove the requirement that a judge retire upon attaining the age of seventy years old. Proposed amendment six deals with millage rates in Orleans Parish levied for fire and police protection.
Proposed amendment seven would allow a 100 percent disabled veteran or surviving spouse to be exempt from ad valorem taxes of up to $150,000.
Proposed amendment eight would establish the Artificial Reef Development Fund. Proposed amendment nine deals with disability and the gross annual income report from those individuals with local parish assessors.
Providing for an 18-month redemption period for vacant, blighted and abandoned property sold at a tax sale is the topic of proposed constitutional amendment 10. Proposed amendment 11 would increase the number of departments in the executive branch of state government from 20 to 21. Proposed amendment 12 deals with the membership of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Proposed amendment 13 deals with the ability of the City of New Orleans to sell property located in the lower Ninth Ward of the city. The final proposed amendment on the ballot, number 14, deals with tax rebates and tax incentives and when they may be considered by the state legislature.
For more information on these proposed amendments, visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.la.gov.
Posted on Fri, October 17, 2014
by Doug Cheramie II, Contributing Writer