Truckers and other residents in Orleans Parish could soon be
spared their vehicle tax bills.
The Louisiana Legislature has approved an effort that would
eliminate the New Orleans property tax on motor vehicles. It now must gain
approval from voters in a November 2006 statewide election before it can become
The proposed constitutional amendment – HB187 – would
prohibit cities and parishes in the state from levying a property tax on motor
vehicles. A Senate amendment to include trailers and semi-trailers in the
exemption was dropped from the final version.
Currently, local governments are allowed to adopt the tax,
but only New Orleans has done so, The Times-Picayune reported.
The city levied more than $7 million in property taxes on
motor vehicles last year and collected about $5.2 million, which was
distributed among various local governments.