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Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. 'Mert' Smiley, left, presents a check for $500 to Brent Gautreau, commander of Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693, to contribute to building a new facility to replace the one razed after August 2016 flooding.

Members of Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 recently heard from Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley, who discussed property tax exemptions available for qualifying disabled veterans and donated $500 toward replacing the post hall razed after August 2016 flooding

Veterans with a 50% disability rating qualify for a freeze on the assessed value of their homes during reassessments. Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are eligible a doubling of their homestead exemption from $75,000 to $150,000.