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Part 2 of 5: Breaking Down The Proposed Amendments

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)--The election is now less then a week away, all this week we're breaking down those sometimes confusing proposed amendments.

When you go to the polls Tuesday, you'll see ten proposed amendments to Louisiana's 1974 Constitution.

Today, we break down proposed amendments three and four.

"There's nothing in these that are trying to sneak something bias or mislead the voters in any way," says Unter.

Amendment three deals with homestead exemption for disabled veterans.

A vote "for" would give parishes the option to call an election, to decide whether to double the homestead exemption for veterans with a disability rating of 100% and certain surviving spouses.

"It would target those specific disabled veterans, give them a little extra benefit for what some people think it a very severe sacrifice for the service of this country," says Unter.

Amendment four covers tax increases dealing with recreation, lighting, garbage, sewer, and other non-elected districts.

A vote "for" would limit the increase in tax not to go higher than 2.5%.

"We have these non-elected bodies out there that have the ability to increase taxes on residents, this puts a little bit stricter guidelines on them as to high how they can raise their taxes for their specific jurisdiction, but if they want to beyond that rate, it would have to put to the voters of the jurisdiction," says Unter.

Thursday, we'll break down amendments five and six,

Unter recommends reading and understanding all the proposed amendments before heading to the polls.

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