Voter's Guide, 2021 Fall Elections, New Orleans
Position Assessor
NameCarlos Joseph Hornbrook

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site

Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionAttorney at Law (Tax), Real Estate broker, Stock Broker (Financial Planner)
Present Employer / positionThe Hornbrook Law Firm- Self
Length of residence in Jurisdictionsixty-one years
List of educational institutions and degreesDe La Salle Highschool
LSU B.A. History
Southern Law Center Juris Doctor
The University of Florida, The Fedrick G. Levin College of Law Master of Laws in Taxation
Prior elected and appointed positionsNone
Civic involvement and affiliationsDraydes YMCA (Vice Chair Person)
Friends of Nord, Inc
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Rally for the New Orleans Public Schools (Chairman)
New Orleans Athlete in Action (President)

Questions specific to the position

1. What suggestions do you have for changing the assessment laws? My main suggestion in changing the assessment law in Louisiana is to provide better asset protection to individual home owners from creditors. I would push to mimic Florida Law were a homeowner has unlimited protection of the value of their home, as long as the property sits on an acre and a half. Louisiana, currently, offers up to $75,000 of the value of your home. I would also like to work with the governor's office, State Legislature, Mayor's Office, and City Council to establish Free Enterprise Zones in New Orleans East, Central City and the 9th Ward areas of our City. Instead of increasing taxes, we need to create a tax base to bring New Orleans back. We create more jobs, and there will be less crime.
2. Should assessors have influence on adjusting tax exemptions? Adjusting tax exemptions is largely a Federal Government issue. An assessor could influence the adjusting of tax exemption by making sure that the tax exempt organization are meeting all the 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.
3. Do you favor a change in reducing the number of exempt properties? Please explain. Before I can answer this, I need to know what type of tax exempt organization we are discussing. Is the tax exempt organization a private foundation, religious organization, school, or a social welfare organization. If a private foundation owns many exempt properties, an audit of the private foundation to see if it still meets the federal status of it's 501 (c)(3) requirements is needed. Question, does the charity unrelated activities, those that neither further nor accomplish an exempt purpose, exceed ten percent. If it exceeds ten percent, property taxes may be due by the exempt organization. There a strong probability that a large percentage of these private foundations are not following the rules, and their 501 (c) (3) could be revoked. This would be a good start in reducing the number of exempt properties in New Orleans.