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How are property taxes created?

Your personal property tax all depends on the taxing district you are in, as well as other aspects like Fair Market Value.

For more answers to your questions regarding taxes and the Assessor's office, please read the FAQs below.

  • How is my assessment determined?
  • How is property assessed?
  • What does the Assessor do?
  • What if I disagree with the Assessor's value of my property?
    Q: How is my assessment determined?
    A: To arrive at "Fair Market Value" for your property, the Assessor must know what "willing sellers" and "willing buyers" are doing in the marketplace. He must also keep current on cost of construction in the area and any changes in zoning, financing, and economic conditions which may affect property values. The Assessor uses the three nationally recognized appraisal approaches to value, those being cost, income, and market. This data is then correlated into a final value estimate by the Appraiser. After your appraisal has been made, the appropriate percentage of value required by law is calculated as your "Assessed Value."
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    Q: How is property assessed?
    A: LAND - 10% of "Fair Market Value"
    RESIDENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS - 10% of "fair market value"
    COMMERCIAL PROPERTY - (Including personal property) - 15% of "Fair Market Value" (NOTE: Commercial land is assessed at 10% of "Fair Market Value".)

    The St. Tammany Parish Assessor's Office must appraise and assess approximately 102,000 parcels of property. All public service properties are assessed by the Louisiana Tax Commission.

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    Q: What does the Assessor do?
    A: The Assessor is required by the Louisiana Constitution to list, value and enumerate all property subject to ad valorem taxation on an Assessment Roll each year. The "ad valorem" basis for taxation means that all property should be taxed "according to value" which is the definition of ad valorem. The Assessed Value is a percentage of "Fair Market Value" or "Use Value" as prescribed by law.
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    Q: What if I disagree with the Assessor's value of my property?
    A: As a property owner, you have a right to appeal your assessment. To appeal your assessment you must contact your Assessor's Office. It would be helpful to provide information such as a recent appraisal, an opinion of value from a Licensed Realtor or any information documenting adverse conditions that may directly affect the value of your property. If, after discussing the matter with the Assessor, a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal your assessment to the St. Tammany Board of Review. If the Board, after hearing your petition, agrees with the Assessor, you may appeal this decision to the Louisiana State Tax Commission. If the Commission agrees with the Board and the Assessor, you can then plead your case before the courts should you choose to do so.
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