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Northwest Louisiana is more than just a great place to live—it is an affordable place to live.

In 2015, the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group based in Washington D.C., ranked Louisiana’s total tax burden as fifth lowest in the United States, due in large part to the state having some of the most homeowner-friendly property taxes in the country.

Throughout Northwest Louisiana, residents are able to apply the state’s homestead exemption to their primary residence. Through this exemption, the first $75,000 of a homeowner’s primary residence is untaxed by the state. The relatively low property taxes Louisiana residents enjoy have helped propel the state to being ranked eighth lowest in the country for property taxes.

And while local sales tax rates may fluctuate depending on the various infrastructure or public service needs they exist to fund, Louisiana again proves to be competitive when it comes to other states with a statewide tax rate of just four percent—one of the 13 lowest rates in the country.

At a local level, sales tax proceeds fund a bevy of critical needs that demonstrate Northwest Louisiana’s commitment to a strong quality of life. From dedicated funding for public school systems across the Northwest Louisiana parishes that help ensure quality public education options are always at the ready, to road projects that represent an investment in both the present and future of the area, to capital improvement programs like the $500 million program that funds a variety of recreation and infrastructure projects in the Shreveport area, the cities and parishes that make up the region are dedicated to using tax dollars wisely to ensure Northwest Louisiana forever remains a great place to live, work and play.