(The Center Square) — Louisiana voters approved just three of eight proposed constitutional amendments Tuesday night, all aimed at reducing the burden on taxpayers.

Veterans with disabilities will now pay less for property taxes after voters approved Amendment 2 by nearly 73%. Those with a 100% service-connected disability rating or a 100% unemployability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and their spouses will no longer be required to pay any parish property taxes on their homestead if they live there.

Veterans with disability ratings between 70% and 99% and their spouses are also now eligible for a property tax exemption up to $120,000, while those with ratings of 50% to 69% and their spouses will get a property tax break up to $100,000 of the homestead’s value. The previous exemption was capped at $75,000, or $150,000 in certain parishes.

The change follows many other states that offer permissive flexibility to water utilities to help customers during floods, ice storms, and other natural disasters. Louisiana law previously prohibited the state, local governments and other political subdivisions from crediting residents or businesses for charges related to infrastructure problems that have plagued the state in the wake of a series of catastrophic storms in recent years.

Louisiana voters also approved Amendment 8 with a much closer vote of 55% to 45% to remove a constitutional requirement for certain disabled homeowners eligible for a tax break to annually certify their income.

The change applies to property tax rates that are frozen for permanently or totally disabled homeowners with annual incomes of no more than $100,000, though that figure is set to increase with inflation starting in 2026. Louisiana law previously required all who receive special property tax breaks to recertify their income yearly with the assessor, with the exception of those age 65 and older.

Louisiana voters rejected the remaining five constitutional amendments on the ballot Tuesday.

A vote of 64% against Amendment 1 thwarted efforts to increase limits on investments in equities (stock markets) for seven state trust funds worth about $3.2 billion combined. Current caps on fund investments in equities of up to 35%, or up to 50% with legislative approval, would have increased to 65%, if approved.

Voters also rejected Amendment 5 by 57% to 43%, which would have allowed local taxing bodies to roll forward their millage rates up the maximum rate until that authorized millage rate expires, rather than until the next reassessment cycle as it is now.

Those opposed to the proposal argued it would have increased property tax payment uncertainty for homeowners and businesses.

Homeowners in Orleans Parish also will not see property tax relief under Amendment 6 after voters rejected the proposal by a very narrow 50.27% to 49.73% margin. The results means increases in reassessed value will not be capped at 10% per year, which was designed to blunt tax increases tied to rising home values.

Proposed constitutional Amendment 7 to ban slavery and involuntary servitude except for the “lawful administration of criminal justice” was also rejected by voters 61% to 39%. The vote will keep the state’s current constitutional language banning slavery and involuntary servitude, which provides an exception for involuntary servitude as a “punishment for crime.”

Supporters of the proposal reversed course after the amendment was rewritten in a way some believed would broaden the allowed uses of slavery and involuntary servitude in the state’s criminal justice system.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise won with 73% in the 1st Congressional District, Democrat U.S. Rep. Troy Carter won with 77% in District 2, Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins won with 64% in District 3, Republican U.S. Rep. Julia Letlow won 68% of the vote in District 5, and Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves was re-elected with 80% of the vote in District 6.