Ascension Parish Assessor

“As your Assessor, one of my goals is to provide the citizens of Ascension Parish with a new user friendly website. As this website evolves, it will place your assessments and all contributing information pertaining to your assessments at your fingertips.

The main goal of the office is to ensure fair and equitable assessments throughout the parish. To help accomplish this goal, we are using the latest mass appraisal and statistical software available to us in developing valuation models which are based upon recent sales. By using valuation models, we are able to eliminate any bias. Fairness in property taxation cannot be assured if assessments are not based upon what your property is worth.

The Louisiana Tax Commission, the Assessor's governmental oversight agency, regularly conducts ratio studies to check for fairness and equity in property taxation. This office must comply with the Louisiana Constitution, laws enacted by the Louisiana Legislature and rules and regulations of the Louisiana Tax Commission.

Your Assessor's office plays a vital role in Parish Government. All revenue collected from Ascension Parish taxpayers is used to fund your school system, law enforcement, parish government, fire protection, library and numerous other vital services.

We hope this website will be beneficial to you and we welcome any questions or comments that you may have."


Sincerely,
M. J. "Mert" Smiley, Jr.
Ascension Parish Assessor
M. J "Mert" Smiley, Jr.
Please click here to view a short presentation about the Assessor's Office and how your property is assessed (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
The Ascension Parish Assessor is responsible for discovery, listing, and valuing all property in Ascension Parish for ad valorem tax purposes. This property includes all Real Estate, all Business Movable Property (Personal Property), and all Oil & Gas Property and Equipment. The Assessor is responsible to the citizens of Ascension Parish to ensure all property is assessed in a fair and equitable manner. At the same time, the Assessor is responsible for ensuring that the assessments are calculated according to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and the Revised Statutes that are passed by the Legislature. The Assessor is also responsible for filing the annual Tax Roll with the Louisiana Tax Commission. In addition, the Assessor must maintain the legal description of each property parcel, as well as maintain the ownership inventory of each parcel.

The Ascension Parish Tax Collector, which is the Ascension Parish Sheriff, is responsible for sending tax bills and collecting taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates. The annual parish tax bills are sent out in the latter part of the year and are due by December 31 of that year.

The different governing bodies within the parish set millage rates for the parish. These governing bodies include the Ascension Parish School Board, Ascension Parish Council, Ascension Parish Sheriff, and others. Also there may be additional millages set for the individual Fire Districts, Water Districts, etc. These millages depend upon the location of the property.
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