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Election recommendations in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes propositions: An editorial

The Times-Picayune Editorial Staff
October 20, 2011
The Times-Picayune

This newspaper makes the following recommendations for Saturday’s ballot.
ORLEANS PARISH
REGIONAL BUSINESS PARK PROPOSITION
To renew up to 20 mills in property tax within the boundaries of the New Orleans Regional Business Park
No
As the Bureau of Governmental Research noted, the park has accomplished very little, and businesses that pay the tax haven’t benefited from it in services or infrastructure.

ST BERNARD PARISH
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PROPOSITION
To double the homestead exemption to $150,000 for certain disabled veterans
No
The sacrifices made by disabled veterans — and by all veterans — should be appreciated. Members of the military who are disabled, held captive or killed in service to our country should get assistance from this nation. But this property tax proposition is problematic. It would double the homestead exemption to $150,000 for certain disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. It is questionable tax policy to extend tax breaks to small groups of people, and this exemption excludes many veterans. A disabled veteran who doesn’t own a home wouldn’t get this benefit. Nor would families of service members killed in action.
LEVEE PROPOSITION
To renew a 3-mill tax for levees
Yes
This is a routine tax renewal for Lake Borgne Basin Levee District to maintain levees.

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