THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Acadia Parish Assessor James J. “Jimbo” Petitjean was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Crowley’s meeting held earlier this week.
Acadia Parish Assessor visits Rotary
The Rotary Club of Crowley was honored to welcome Acadia Parish Assessor James J. “Jimbo” Petitjean as their guest speaker earlier this week.
The mission of the Assessor’s Office is to increase awareness and understanding throughout the parish concerning the assessment process. Their goal is to ensure that all residents of Acadia Parish recognize what that process entails and how it ultimately effects and benefits them daily.
According to their website, the assessor is required by the Louisiana Constitution to discover, list and value all property subject to ad valorem taxation on an assessment roll each year.
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 percent of its “fair market value” or “use value”
• Residential Improvements – 10 percent “fair market value”
• Commercial – (includes personal property) – 15 percent “fair market value”
• Commercial Land – 10 percent “fair market value”
Some of the recent major accomplishments at the Assessors Office include:
• On going upgrades to Assessor’s mapping system with technological advances through partnership with C.H. Fenstermaker and Associates, a national leader in GIS technologies.
• Website upgrades featuring the consolidation of assessment information and mapping capabilities.
The website expands services to the public and keeps the office open beyond normal business hours, according to Petitjean. And, the site offers the ability to search for valuable parcel information including, but not limited to, ownership data, assessed values and legal descriptions.
Additionally, visitors can view and print aerial photography and digital maps of Acadia Parish properties.
• Nearly all —90 percent — of assessor’s office employees have achieved the designation of “Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor,” a benchmark for Acadia Parish, Petitjean said.
• First major office renovation in over 50 years, making the assessor’s office more accommodating to parish residents.
Petitjean said he is certain that their website will be beneficial to the public and welcomes any questions, suggestions or comments you may have.
The Acadia Parish Assessor’s Office is located in the Acadia Parish Court House and can be reached by phone at 337-788-8871 and toll free at calling 1-800-443-0523.