Ascension Assessor to reduce tax liability of flood-impacted homeowners

Assessor M. J. “Mert” Smiley

Ascension Parish Assessor M. J. “Mert” Smiley had decided to treat all homeowners who sustained flood damage due to the most recent rain event in the same manner as those 6,400 impacted by the August 2016 flood.

“We will be sending teams into the field throughout the parish in order to determine the amount of damage caused by the flooding and make reductions to property values accordingly,” Smiley said in an August 2016 statement. “As your assessor, we are going to do everything possible to lessen this year’s tax liability according the flood damage your received.”

Smiley’s staff is preparing to inspect each claim in order to verify the flood damage.  Ascension Parish Government is compiling the list of impacted properties, asking affected homeowners to contact the Citizens Service Center. (225) 450-1200.

Parish President Clint Cointment and Council Chairwoman Teri Casso were consulted, along with Sheriff Bobby Webre and Superintendent of Schools David Alexander, who all agreed to take these steps in the time of need for residents.