John Bel Edwards Appointed Lawrence Chehardy To Run The Louisiana Tax Commission

Don’t need much analysis from us on that one, do you?

Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed former Jefferson Parish Assessor Lawrence Chehardy as chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission, the agency that oversees parish tax assessors statewide.

Chehardy, of Metairie, served as Jefferson Parish assessor until 2010, resigningafter a 34-year run in that role. He’s stayed involved in politics since leaving that job, and has also worked as managing partner of the Sherman Williams Law Firm.

Chehardy, a Republican, endorsed Edwards, a Democrat, for governor in the runoff against U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

The Louisiana Tax Commission provides oversight of assessors across the state and has come under scrutiny in recent years for not looking closely enough at residential assessments. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera wrote in 2013 that the Tax Commission seemed too willing to pass off disputes about residential tax assessments to the courts.

So it’s a common complaint that local assessors will give breaks to their buddies on residential assessments, therefore screwing the general public and failing to collect all that’s owed, and John Bel Edwards appoints the most notorious violator in the state on that complaint during the time he was in office as the lead overseer of this issue.


Some of you, though it’s a smaller number than it was in November, will admit to voting for this. You’ll defend yourself by explaining that…hookers.


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