Victor Theodore “Vic” Stelly (January 11, 1941 – December 26, 2020) was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, best known for the since repealed Stelly Plan tax-shifting amendment. He was also a member of the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education from 2007 through 2013, resigning before his term ended because he was dismayed at cuts to higher education. In 2006 he was selected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
Stelly authored an amendment to the Louisiana State Constitution which became known as the Stelly Plan. This amendment eliminated the state sales tax on food, drugs, and utilities and raised the state income tax. Lost state revenue was replaced with a state income tax increase primarily paid by upper bracket taxpayers.
Stelly was born in Carencro, Louisiana and moved to Zachary, Louisiana when he was four years old. His father, Gordon Stelly, was a petro-chemical operator, and his mother Dorothea Olive Martin Stelly, was a stay-at-home mother. He was an All-State football player at Zachary High School and graduated from Northwestern in Natchitoches where he also played football. He taught high school in Louisiana, getting his M.A. from Louisiana State University in 1965. He was an insurance agent for 25 years in Moss Bluff.
Stelly died of COVID-19 complications during the COVID-19 pandemic in Louisiana on December 26, 2020, just 15 hours before his wife Terry died of the same illness and sixteen days short of his 80th birthday. His papers are held by the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Frazar Memorial Library at McNeese State University.