MORE INFORMATION ON RATIONALE FOR DELAYING PROPERTY TAX BILLS FROM ASSESSOR TAB TROXLER: Property tax bills for 2021 will become due on Feb. 28, 2022, as per the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. The reason for this delay is two-fold, but both have to do with the impact of Hurricane Ida.
One, Ida struck St. Charles Parish on the final day of the 14-day exposure of the tax roll as required to be advertised by law. Because of this disruption, the tax roll needed to be advertised again. Only then could it be placed before the Parish Council and certified by the Louisiana Tax Commission.
(The tax roll is the official record of property subject to property tax within a given jurisdiction.)
Two, because Ida’s damages were so significant, my office was obligated to reassess all properties on an emergency basis to reflect those damages.
My staff and I thoroughly reviewed all of the intended and unintended consequences of taking these actions, and it was clear that conducting the reassessment as we did would be in the best interest of all. Exposure of post-Ida reassessments began on Nov. 22 and ended Dec. 6. My office advertised the opportunity to review assessments via signage across the parish, as well as in the Herald-Guide and on social media.
With regard to inquiries regarding local property taxes as an income tax deduction for 2021, because of the Ida-related delay, this deduction will be taken as part of 2022’s return.
The reduction in assessed values – which were 10 percent across the board, and higher depending on damages to individual homes and businesses – far exceeds the savings of the federal income tax deduction alone.
St. Charles Parish provided the largest across-the-board post-Ida assessment value reduction in the state.
Additionally, some taxpayers will be able to deduct uninsured damages on their 2021 federal income taxes.
We are currently awaiting Louisiana Tax Commission approval of the tax roll on Jan. 5, 2022. Upon approval, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office will legally be able to send out bills and collect payments.
I hope this provides a little more insight into the rationale behind delayed property tax bills for 2021.
The St. Charles Parish Assessor’s Office is located on the first floor of the St. Charles Parish Courthouse, 15045 River Road in Hahnville. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 for the New Year’s holiday.
The St. Charles Parish Assessor’s Office is tasked with discovering, listing, and valuing all property in St. Charles Parish for ad valorem tax purposes. It is committed to fairness, consistency, and transparency in property assessment.
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