Car allowance bills for local tax assessors stall in House
BATON ROUGE - The debate over whether local tax assessors should receive car allowances on top of their salaries appears to have ended in the Louisiana Legislature.
Lawmakers proposed eight bills to give more than a dozen parish assessors car allowances up to 15 percent of their annual salaries. But only two bills managed to pass both chambers before lawmakers, primarily in the House, began to raise objections and stalled the remaining measures.
The proposals would give assessors between about $20,000 and $25,000 a year, on top of their six-figure salaries.
Opposing lawmakers rejected recent attempts to pass the measures, saying it's irresponsible to support allowances while embroiled in a state economic downturn.