Broussard promotes tax assessor's office

Kathy Broussard, the new tax assessor, wants to educate the community, especially the young, as to what exactly is the tax assessor’s office.

Broussard took office in January and is not taking long implementing her campaign promise of making the tax assessor’s office a friendly office to visit. It is located on the first floor of the courthouse.

The first-female tax assessor in the parish spoke to the Abbeville Rotary Club on Wednesday about her long-term plans for the office.

“The office already has a good foundation and I plan on building on that foundation,” Broussard said. “I have an open door policy. No one likes paying taxes and if you have a question, we will try to be as friendly and helpful as we possibly can to answer the question.”

She said one of the first places to start educating the public about the tax assessor’s office is by talking to the students at schools. Broussard said she also wants to speak to as many parish organizations as possible.

“I want them to know what the tax assessor’s office is,” said Broussard.

Along with promoting her office, Broussard also wants to make sure the office stays up with technology. Sometimes this year, Broussard said the tax assessor’s office will have its own web-site. Residents can call up their property on the web-site and learned what their property is accessed.

“I want people to know that paying taxes is a good thing,” she said. “Paying taxes is how we get roads, and schools. You have to willing to pay taxes if you want new things.”

She said people don’t mind paying taxes as long as they know where their tax dollars are going.

“Accountability. If you said you will do it, then do it,” she added.

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