For thirty-four years Lawrence Chehardy served as Assessor of Jefferson Parish. He has been the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. Lawrence has testified before numerous legislative committees regarding property tax laws and property tax exemptions. He led the effort for Louisiana’s current $75,000 homestead exemption and has successfully defended it against efforts to weaken or eliminate it.
Lawrence Chehardy was instrumental in the effort to rewrite state property tax laws expanding property tax breaks for senior citizens and redefining the homestead exemption to make certain that all homeowners would qualify for the exemption.
And Lawrence Chehardy is the principal architect of post-Katina and post-Rita legislation that insures that property owners whose property was damaged as a result of these hurricanes would not be unfairly taxed on the full value of their property but rather on the value of their property in its damaged condition. This legislation has helped significantly with the rebirth and revitalization of those areas devastated by the storms by reducing the property tax burden in those areas.
During his years as Assessor Lawrence Chehardy served as President, Vice-president, and Treasure of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association. He also served on numerous boards and committees of the association.
In addition to speaking to numerous local organizations and civic groups, Lawrence Chehardy has also been a guest speaker at the American Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar for lawyers as well as the International Association of Assessing Officers’ continuing education seminars.
Lawrence Chehardy is an advocate of increased fiscal responsibility and reform in government spending. Lawrence Chehardy is also an authority on government spending and believes that government, especially the federal government, is doing a poor job of managing the economy of the country and spending the people’s money. He also believes that the current income tax code is a burden and a drag on the economic well-being of the country.
Lawrence has extensive knowledge of politics, political campaigning, and the political process. When it comes to political strategy and creating the campaign’s message, Lawrence is one of the best. Lawrence Chehardy has been instrumental in the election of numerous candidates through endorsements as well as campaign strategy. In many cases his endorsement turned the election in favor of those candidates.
In addition to his political commentary and public speaking engagements, Lawrence Chehardy is a founding member of the Chehardy, Sherman, Ellis, Murray, Recile, Griffith, Stakelum & Hayes Law Firm and serves as its managing partner.