Property Tax Issues Surface

Some Lincoln Parish taxpaying property owners are beginning to grumble a bit, now that notices are hitting mailboxes showing some assessments increasing 15% or more since the last statewide reassessment in 2012.

Two weeks ago, Lincoln Parish Tax Assessor Sheila Bordelon put out this news release on the procedure for appealing your assessment:

The property values are open for public inspection each year for a period of fifteen days. The 2016 period is from August 15-August 29. All property owners have the right to inquire should they think the market value placed upon their property by the Assessor is in error. Owners should contact the office prior to August 29, 2016 if you have questions. Louisiana law provides that valuation appeals after this date shall not be considered by the Assessor.

So if you want to appeal, you have until next Monday, August 29 to do it.

Physical Address: 307 N Homer St., Ruston, LA 71270
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1218, Ruston, LA 71273
Phone: 318.251.5140
Fax: 318.251.5142
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

If you cannot come to terms, there is an appeal process whereby you can present your case to the local Board of Review. In Lincoln Parish, the Police Jury sits as the board of review. The meeting where you can present your case is set for Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 PM, Lincoln Parish Court House, third floor.

Some helpful data can be found at Nolo.com:

Useful Evidence for Your Appeal

In pursuing your appeal, several types of evidence may be useful, including:

A recent appraisal of your home.
A contractor’s report showing repair work needed on your home and how much the work will cost.
Documents showing actual sales prices in your neighborhood, and photographs of homes similar to yours, together with a list of their sales prices or taxable values.

At the hearing, you’ll probably have just five or ten minutes to present your case, so be succinct. Bring extra copies of your documentary evidence so that each hearing officer has a copy. Try to include a chart showing comparative sales prices and taxable values. You may want to arrive early so that you observe – and learn from – other people’s hearings.

You can appeal the local Board’s decision to the Louisiana Tax Commission. File your appeal with the Commission within 10 days after the local Board’s written decision is postmarked, or hand delivered to you.

Next, there is an appeal process to the Louisiana Tax Commission.

Here are the forms.

Finally, there is the ultimate check against taxes: vote against them whenever they’re on the ballot, and actively campaign with your neighbors, family, and friends to defeat them.

As we stated when we first began writing this newsblog over seven years ago, government at all levels never, ever does without.

Government can and does take care of itself – it has always prospered and grown, regardless of the local economy and the financial health of the citizens who fund its existence.

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11 Responses to “Property Tax Issues Surface”

  1. Shady Bill Says:

    Shady Bill is right again.

  2. Shady Bill Says:

    Board of review is a joke! Better luck with the IRS.

  3. biggs Says:

    It’s not the tax assessor’ fault it’s the mean legislature. So if you don’t like it mr Abbott go down to flood-torn Baton Rouge and change it.

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  4. Simsjack Says:

    Every tax assessor is loved by government. Keeps them supplied. Tax assessors has so many means and ways to assess property that makes it impossible for the average property owner to prove their case. You only have a short amount of time to collect info to prove your case. If property owners would spend the time and take a look at the Lincoln Parish Assessors web sight tax rolls you will find some amazing facts. The assessments of some property owners such as family and friends of the assessors office should cause concern. Do not take my word. Look it up for yourself.

    • D'Arbonne Says:

      Careful. Louisiana CR 14:47 establishes criminal as well as civil penalties for libel. Don’t think for a moment your comments here are anonymous to a subpoena.
      I would think long and hard about accusing a public figure with malfeasance in any public forum, absent provable refuge to truth, which is the lone absolute defense to slander or libel.

  5. Simsjack Says:

    D’Arbonne, goggle Sheila Bordelon Becky Webb online debate. Read what was said not by simsjack but the two running for assessor. The last paragraph as written by Sheila is a outright lie. ” My father has the over 65 freeze(as does your father) and his value will not change unless he makes an addition. ”As does your father ” referring to Becky Webb’s father is a lie. I challenge you to read this. Waiting on your response.

    • D'Arbonne Says:

      I’m not defending any public official here. No dog in the fight. But, I do want to remind everyone that this is a public forum. We are all liable for any libelous or slanderous statements.

  6. Simsjack Says:

    Did you read the debate?

  7. Simsjack Says:

    Some people are fearful of the truth just cannot deal with it. D’Arbonne, did you read the debate or are you one of the fearful ones? The truth shall set you free.

  8. Simsjack Says:

    D’Arbonne has the lockjaw

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