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New Orleans assessment rolls open Wednesday for two-week window | NOLA.com

New Orleans assessment rolls open Wednesday for two-week window | NOLA.com.

Beginning Wednesday morning, New Orleans property owners unhappy with their 2013 tax assessments will have a two-week window to visit the Orleans Parish Assessor’s offices.

Some commercial and residential property owners recently received a formal notice in the mail noting that their properties increased or decreased in value, Assessor Erroll G. Williams said in a news release. Those wishing to challenge that assessment should visit either of the assessor’s two offices between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., weekdays, until Aug. 15. The Assessor’s East Bank office is on the fourth floor of City Hall at 1300 Perdido St. The West Bank office is at the Algiers courthouse at 225 Morgan St.

Appointments are not accepted and the crowd will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Property owners wishing to pitch a change in estimated property values are asked to bring the letter from the assessor’s office, a recent appraisal, a builder’s contract, causality insurance coverage and dated photographs of the interior and exterior of the property.

“Tax assessments are based on estimated fair market value. Reliable documentation and information is needed to challenge an assessment made by my office,” Williams wrote in a statement. “My office does not set the tax rate.”

If a property owner is still unhappy with their assessment after meeting with an assessor during open rolls, they can file an appeal with the Orleans Parish Board of Review before Aug. 20.

Additional information is available at http://nolaassessor.com/.

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