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Lawrence Chehardy

Mr. Chehardy is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Jefferson Parish Bar Association, and is a member of the Chehardy, Sherman Law Firm. He has been the Jefferson Parish Assessor since January 1, 1977.

His memberships include the International Association of Assessing Officers, the International Institute of Public Appraisers and the Louisiana Assessors’ Association, where he has served as Treasurer, Vice-President and President. He is both a Registered Public Appraiser and a Certified Louisiana Assessor.

Mr. Chehardy – who has served on a number of governmental and legislative commissions – is an advocate of state and local government spending reform, and a leading proponent of the $75,000 homestead exemption. He has been an outspoken proponent of property tax reform legislation aimed at protecting senior citizens from higher property taxes caused by inflation and escalating property values. He also advocates the indexing of local property rates to inflation, and the right of local voters to approve local tax increases.

Recently, Mr. Chehardy drafted and helped push through the legislature a constitutional amendment guaranteeing that the homestead exemption to deserving homeowners, such as surviving spouses.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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