property taxes

Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide on May 4th whether to increase property taxes to support the school system.
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Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide on May 4 whether to approve a millage to give Jefferson Parish teachers and staff a pay raise. It would be the first major across-the-board raise in about 10 years. Early voting is already underway on the new property tax, and goes through April 27th.

New Report Criticizes Proposed Elderly Services Tax

Mar 12, 2019
Voters in Jefferson Parish will decide on May 4th whether to increase property taxes to support the school system.
Jess Clark / WWNO

New Orleans voters will decide on March 30 whether the city should increase property taxes to raise money for elderly services. The plan comes from the City Council but Mayor LaToya Cantrell opposes it.

The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) released a study Tuesday siding with the mayor and urging voters to reject the ballot measure.

Former Bywater resident Andy Young visits her old block. Young says she was forced to move from her neighborhood after her property taxes tripled.
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There will be several proposed changes to the state constitution on the ballot next Tuesday. One of them, Amendment 6, is meant to ease the blow of a sudden increase in property taxes. That’s something experienced by many people in rapidly gentrifying areas of New Orleans. But opinion is divided on whether Amendment 6 is the right solution.

A coalition formed by clergy and public interest groups wants the state to re-examine the tax breaks it’s granting industry.  The group says local property taxes are being unfairly diverted from schools and law enforcement.

Orleans Property Tax Increase Passes House Committee

Mar 20, 2014
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Police and fire protection in New Orleans may soon get a boost from a proposed property tax increase.

A constitutional amendment to raise ad valorem taxes in Orleans Parish passed through a state House committee without objection today. For the city, the increase would bring in an additional revenue of nearly $6 million in 2015 to beef up police and fire services.

For homeowners, the increases would amount to an extra $30 per year in taxes on a $200,000 house.

The City of New Orleans has extended the deadline for paying 2014 property taxes to Friday, Feb. 7 due to the closure of City Hall as a result of the winter storm that shut down much of the region this week.

Property owners can make payments in several ways, including in-person, by mail and online:

In person:

Bureau of the Treasury
City Hall, Room 1W40

The City will provide a drop-off lane at the Perdido St. entrance to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 7.

Terrebonne Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax to pay for water service or risk higher water costs under a new contract.

The Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies the parish with 80 percent of its drinking water.