OPELOUSAS — A complaint filed against St. Landry Parish Council member Fekisa Miller-Mathews alleges she continued to represent her parish government district while filing for homestead exemption from 2011-14 for a home she owns in Lafayette Parish.
To qualify for homestead exemption, a taxpayer has to own and occupy the house as his or her primary residence, according to the Louisiana Tax Commission’s website.
St. Landry Parish Registrar of Voters deputy clerk Lauren Jones confirmed on Friday that a St. Landry Parish resident filed a complaint against Miller-Mathews, challenging whether she met the residency requirement to serve on the council.
Miller-Mathews, who has represented District 3 since 2007, has owned the house in Oakridge Estates in Lafayette Parish since 2010, according to records filed in the Lafayette Parish Assessor’s Office.
She claimed homestead exemption from on the property from 2011 until she stopped claiming it until 2014, records show. The property, located in a rural area near Carencro, had an assessed value of $27,490 in 2014, indicating a market value of $274,900.
Miller-Mathews was re-elected to her District 3 seat in October. Her father, the late Pat Miller, was a District 3 St. Landry Parish police juror for many years until the time of his death.
Miller-Mathews said in a telephone interview on Friday that no one from the Registrar of Voters Office had contacted her about a complaint.
“I have no comment about that. I have an address in St. Landry Parish. Other than that, I have no comment.
“With the issues we have in (St. Landry), I would think we have bigger fish to fry than this. I think I know what this is all about, but I have no comment. I need to find out what is going on,” she said.
Jones said the Registrar of Voters is not required to identity the names of complainants. She said the person against whom a complaint has been filed has 21 days to respond to the challenge.
St. Landry Registrar of Voters records show Miller-Mathews is a registered voter in St. Landry Parish.
Registrar of Voters records also show thaw that Miller-Mathews lists her St. Landry voting address as 1349 La. Highway 749, also known as the Airport Road.
The voting precinct for Miller-Mathews is listed as the parishwide Community Action Agency, also located on Highway 749, according to Registrar of Voters records.
St. Landry Parish Assessor Rhyn Duplechin said records from his office indicate that the voting address used by Miller-Mathews is for a house located in Sunnyside Subdivision off 749.
Duplechin said according to St. Landry assessor’s records, the house in the house in the Sunnyside Subdivision Miller-Mathews is using as her voting address is owned jointly by Griffen Miller and Joyce Pickney.