Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Reassessment? What does the assessor do? What the assessor does not do? What are Special Assessment Levels? What is Homestead Exemption? How do I apply for Homestead Exemption? How do I renew my Homestead Exemption?? How Is My assessment determined? How often is property re-appraised? What is fair market value? How are my taxes calculated? What If I Disagree With The Assessor's Value Of My Property? What if I don't receive my tax notice?

What does the assessor do?

The assessor is required by the Louisiana Constitution to list and value all property subject to ad valorem taxation on an assessment roll each year. The assessor has a responsibility to accurately, uniformly, and equitably determine the fair market value of all property in St. Charles Parish.

The "ad valorem" basis for taxation means that all property should be taxed "according to value.” The assessed value is a percentage of the "fair market value" or "use value" as prescribed by law. Property is assessed as follows:

Land - 10% of its fair market value or use value

Residential Improvements - 10% of fair market value

Commercial Improvements and Commercial Personal Property - 15% of fair market value

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What the assessor does not do?

The assessor does not raise or lower taxes. Ad valorem taxes are levied in the form of millages by the taxing bodies in St. Charles Parish, such as the Parish Council, Sheriff, school districts, levee districts, etc. A full listing of the taxing bodies and the tax amounts levied is available on our “About Taxes” page. The amount of taxes you pay is determined by the total millage rate which is applied to your property's assessed value.

The assessor does not collect taxes. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff collects all ad valorem taxes as Ex-Officio Tax Collector.

The assessor does not make the laws which affect property owners. The Constitution of the State of Louisiana, as adopted by the voters, provides the basic framework for taxation, and tax laws are made by the Louisiana Legislature. The rules and regulations for assessment are set by the Louisiana Tax Commission.

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What are Special Assessment Levels?

A special assessment level will "freeze" the assessed value of the homestead. In other words, the property value at the time the freeze is applied will not change during future reassessment periods. The special assessment level will remain the same for as long as the applicant owns and resides in the home and income does not exceed the maximum income set by the legislature. This special assessment level is lost if improvements in excess of 25% of the home's value are added.

Special Assessment Levels available to all taxpayers:

Special Assessment Levels available only to veterans: Additional Special Assessment Levels:

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What is Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption in Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of market value on a property owner's primary residence.

In St. Charles Parish, the homestead exemption is equivalent to roughly $884 in annual property tax savings.

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How do I apply for Homestead Exemption?

An eligible owner shall apply for the homestead exemption by filing a signed application with the Assessor. You may apply at our office or schedule an appointment for one of our staff members to meet you at your property. Please provide the following documents at the time you apply:

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How do I renew my Homestead Exemption?

In the first quarter of each year, the Assessor will mail a renewal card to all taxpayers with a homestead exemption. This card must be signed and returned yearly in order for the homestead exemption to continue to be applied to your property. Property owners will be notified in the event a homestead exemption is removed.

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How is my assessment determined?

To arrive at the "fair market value" for your property, the assessor must know what "willing sellers" and "willing buyers" are doing in the marketplace. To meet this goal, the assessor maintains records of real estate sales, property characteristics, cost of construction in the area, and any changes in zoning, financing, or economic conditions which may affect property values. The assessor may use any of the three nationally recognized approaches to value: Cost, income, and market. The data collected by the assessor is then correlated into a fair market value estimated by the assessor. After property appraisals have been made, the appropriate percentage of fair market value, or level of assessment, required by law is calculated as your "assessed value".

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How often is property re-appraised?

State law dictates that the assessor must re-appraise all properties within the parish in specified intervals. The purpose of re-appraisal is to insure that all properties are assessed at present fair market value to ensure fair and equitable assessments.

Real property is re-appraised every four (4) years. The most recent re-appraisal was completed in 2016.

Business personal property is re-appraised annually. As part of the appraisal process, our office will mail each business a personal property reporting form, which is to be completed and returned to our office by April 1st. Please contact our commercial division if you have any questions regarding personal property assessments.

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What Is fair market value?

Fair market value is defined by LA Rev Stat § 47: 2321 as follows:

"Fair Market Value is the price for property which would be agreed upon between a willing and informed buyer and a willing and informed seller under the usual and ordinary circumstances; it shall be the highest price estimated in terms of money which property will bring if exposed for sale on the open market with reasonable time allowed to find a purchaser who is buying with knowledge of all the uses and purposes to which the property is best adapted and for which it can be legally used."

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How are my taxes calculated?

Taxable Assessed Value X Total Millage Rate = Taxes Owed

The total property tax rate levied on property is the total of all millages, bond issues, and fees that have been voted on by registered voters in the various districts which have been established by the Louisiana Legislature or Louisiana Constitution.

The tax revenue collected for these districts are used to pay for schools, roads, law enforcement, fire protection, and other services that the taxpayers demand from local government.

You can use our interactive Tax Estimator (click here) to estimate the tax amount using specific values.

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What if I disagree with the assessor's value of my property?

As a taxpayer, you have a legal responsibility to furnish accurate information on your property. Our office welcomes all information provided by the property owner. If you have complied with these legal requirements, you are entitled to question the value placed on your property.

If your opinion of the value of your property differs from the assessor's, you may come to our office to discuss the matter in person. Be prepared to show evidence that the assessor's valuation of the property is incorrect, as well as evidence of the correct value. Our staff will be glad to answer your questions about the assessor's appraisal.

If, after discussing the matter with the assessor, a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal your assessment to the St. Charles Parish Board of Review. After reviewing your appeal, if the Board agrees with the assessor and a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal the Board's decision to the Louisiana Tax Commission.

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What if I don't receive my tax notice?

Even if you do not receive a tax notice, it is your responsibility to be sure that the property taxes have been paid. You should contact the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office to determine the amount of property taxes owed and whether or not the taxes have been paid.

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