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Please Vote Oct. 22, 2011

Please remember to Vote

Proposal increases exemption

If OK’d, 100% disabled veterans’ benefit to double.

We hope that voters approve the Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption proposal on the Oct. 22 ballot.

The proposition doubles the state’s homestead exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans and their spouses.

Louisiana homeowners are currently exempt from paying property taxes on the first $75,000 of the assessed value of an owner-occupied home.

If voters approve the proposition, the first $150,000 of a qualifying veteran’s home would be exempt.

The proposition only applies to veterans who have been rated 100 percent disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The disability has to be service connected, but not necessarily incurred as a result of combat.

A 100 percent disability rating can be one condition or numerous conditions. The VA has a method of coming up with the ratings based on a combination of factors.”

Louisiana voters passed the amendment by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent in November, according to state records.

That vote cleared the way for each parish to place the proposition on the October ballot.

Early voting runs through Saturday.