Assessor Helping Businesses Hurt By COVID-19

October 12, 2020

The Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office is attempting to work with BUSINESSES IN LIVINGSTON PARISH THAT HAVE BEEN HURT BY COVID-19. This has been a tough year for everyone and businesses have been impacted inordinately, so our office is doing what is within our power to provide relief.

“We’re going to say, ‘If you’ve had losses, please come in and see us,’” Taylor says. “Whatever you lost, you come in and bring me proof.”

Business owners will be required to show their losses for at least three months, from March 1-July 31, during which time the state was under a total or partial economic shutdown. Business will get a tax break equivalent to half the revenues they lost during that time.

“If your business is down 40 percent I’ll give you a 20 percent break on your assessment,” he says. “If you’re down 100 percent, I’ll give you a 50 percent reduction.”

Residential property owners have already received a flat 10% across-the-board reduction in the assessed value of their homes, though not the value of their lots. The reduction applies to this year only.

The office is working to help businesses, residents, and anyone else in any way we can. Our office is not in charge of tax rates or millages, but we can help in some small ways.