Voters across the state will decide whether New Orleans residents get to vote on raising property taxes. House Bill 111 was given final passage Thursday. It would nearly double the portion of property taxes that go to police and fire protection from about 10 mills to 20 mills.
The measure needs a series of approvals before taxes would rise. Voters statewide and in New Orleans would have to approve it in November. And voters in New Orleans would have to approve it again in another vote.
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:
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.
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In the Finance committee Thursday Senators questioned the way the House filled the hole it dug in the proposed budget for next year. The House took out one-time money, from selling state property, court settlements, and dedicated funds, and put in a tax amnesty program.
The Legislative Fiscal Office usually considers tax amnesty revenues to be one-time money too.
In a 13-minute speech kicking off the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he still wants the legislature to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana, but he let go of his plan for doing so with a big sales tax hike, an increased tobacco tax and the removal of some tax breaks. Listen to the speech in its entirety.
Gov. Bobby Jindal will address the state legislature today at 1 p.m.
The governor is expected to talk about his tax proposals, including the elimination of the state income tax and an increase in sales taxes to make up the difference. His proposals have run into strong opposition from the public and from the legislature.