Mike Goss announces his candidacy for Assessor of Acadia Parish
Mike Goss, the current Chief Deputy Assessor, announced his candidacy today for the unexpired term of retiring Assessor, Russel Benoit. Mike stated: “In these challenging times it is imperative that the Assessor’s Office maintains a fair and accurate assessment roll. All taxpayers should be treated uniformly and with respect. We need an Assessor with the knowledge and experience to meet the demands of the office to follow the law, and be responsive to the needs of those who need our services. Serving as Chief Deputy Assessor for the past three and half years and being licensed and practicing attorney for almost fifteen ears uniquely qualify me to meet the challenges confronting the Assessor’s Office. The Assessor is bound by law to identify, value and list all taxable property in the parish. I will ensure that all property owners and businesses will be treated fairly and equitably.
The Assessor’s Office maintains an assessment roll of over $265 million dollars in taxable value with more than thirty thousand assessments. Our office transfers hundreds of property assessments annually based on legal documents such as property transfer deeds, successions, and other legal documents. My legal background has been extremely beneficial in determining the legal effects of these documents to maintain an accurate tax roll. My legal experience has also been helpful in advising the Assessor on matters involving ongoing litigation concerning pipeline assessments that involve substantial amounts of disputed tax revenue due to taxing districts in the parish.
As a long time resident of Acadia Parish I want to see our community grow and prosper. I believe fairness includes open access, equal treatment and a level playing field for all property owners and businesses. I will follow the law and ensure that the assessment rolls are consistent, fair and uniform. I will continue to support the homestead exemption to keep pace with inflation. I also pledge to continue to support the special assessment freeze that protects seniors and the disabled. In addition, my staff and I will continue to support and upgrade existing technology in our office to efficiently assess property and provide additional information and mapping assets on the internet. We will also continue to cooperate with and assist the various taxing districts in Acadia Parish, elected officials, the business community and especially those who want to invest here by providing current information on locations and values of properties.
With state mandates and legislative changes happening every year, my experience and know how will assist in ensuring that assessed values will be accurate and fair. I would like to take this time to humbly ask for your vote and support on October 2, 2010.
Mike is married to DeAnn Goss and is the proud father of two young boys, Michael, Jr. and Ryan. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a J.D. from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review. Mike is involved in many professional and civic organizations including the International Association of Assessing Officers, The Louisiana State Bar Association, The American Bar Association, the Crowley Rotary Club, and Leadership Excel.