Update: Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin has moved the date of the Fall 2021 form October 9 to November 13 due to Hurricane Ida.
In just a few weeks, residents around the state will vote on a few proposed amendments to our Constitution. On the October 9th ballot will be certain proposed amendments that will impact the business community, particularly those in our area. Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce advocates for public policies at all levels of government, and we work closely with regional, state, and national partners to help achieve this for our community.
We want to bring attention to the proposed amendments that will positively impact our community. An educated and informed electorate is important for the continued success of communities everywhere, so we at the Acadia Parish Chamber want to make sure that both our members and the community as a whole understand which policies would make a difference.
The first two of these amendments are being proposed in order to greatly enhance Louisiana’s economic competitiveness through comprehensive tax reforms that simplify and streamline our state’s tax system for individuals and businesses alike.
Proposed Amendment No. 1
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to provide for the streamlined electronic filing, electronic remittance, and the collection of sales and use taxes levied within the state by the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission and to provide for the funding, duties, and responsibilities of the commission?”
Proposed Amendment No. 2
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to lower the maximum allowable rate of individual income tax and to authorize the legislature to provide by law for a deduction for federal income taxes paid?”
Proposed Amendment No. 3
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to allow levee districts created after January 1, 2006, and before October 9, 2021, whose electors approve the amendment to levy an annual tax not to exceed five mills for the purpose of constructing and maintaining levees, levee drainage, flood protection, and hurricane flood protection?”
Proposed Amendment No. 4
Ballot language: “Do you support an amendment to increase the amount of allowable deficit reductions to statutory dedications and constitutionally protected funds from five percent to ten percent?”
Regardless of how you choose to vote, we implore you to go out and vote. Early voting begins September 25 and extends until October 2. Election Day is on October 9.
Click here to look up your polling location and a sample ballot.
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