Louisiana residents this week decided to spare themselves
possible vehicle tax bills. Trailers and semi-trailers are not affected.
On Election Day, about 61 percent of voters approved an
amendment to the state's constitution to prohibit the levying of a property tax
on motor vehicles, including large trucks. Currently, local governments are
allowed to adopt the tax, but only New Orleans has done so.
The city of New Orleans levied nearly $8 million in property
taxes on motor vehicles in 2004 but collected only about $5.2 million, which was
distributed among various local governments, The Times-Picayune
reported. The money was distributed among the city, the school board and other
Proponents of Amendment 4 on the statewide ballot said the
levy was assessed on vehicles by make rather than market value.
Opponents, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, said that New Orleans should not be hamstrung in raising money, particularly in wake of Hurricane
The amendment prohibits the tax effective immediately.