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Livingston, LA—Several taxing districts have set dates for open hearings to set their millage rates for 2011. The voters will have the option to roll the millages back or keep them the same, according to Jeff Taylor, Livingston Parish Assessor.
“We are required by law to list, value and establish the number of all property in the parish on an assessment roll each year,” says Taylor. The value of taxable property has increased by 4 percent this year, due to this year’s roll.
“This is due to new properties and growth in the parish,” says Taylor. “As a result of this increase, agencies can lower their millages without losing any revenue.” The Assessor’s office does not set the tax rates. “We are here to assess the property at fair market value and calculate the taxes based on the taxing district rates,” adds Taylor.
The Assessor’s office sends out tax notices Nov. 1, based on the new millages. “Our office has an open door policy. We will help advise any taxing district on ways to cut their millages and still maintain the same income.” This includes a cost-of-living increase.”
All taxes are due to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office by Dec 31 each year.
It is the responsibility of the taxing districts to hold public hearings to set the tax rates for the districts. Upcoming meeting dates set are:
Town of Killian July 12 at 6 p.m.
Livingston Parish Library, July 13, 4 p.m.
Livingston Parish Council, July 14, 6 p.m.
Town of Walker, Sept 12 at 7 p.m. and Fire District No., Sept 19 at 4 p.m.
The following districts have decided to keep their millages the same: Fire District 4, Fire District 8, Fire District 11 and Amite River Basin Commission.
If you have questions about these meetings or how taxes are calculated, please call the Livingston Parish Assessor’s office at (225)686-7278 or visit our website www.livingstonassessor.com . ###