Paying property taxes is probably not on anyone’s top 10 list of things to do in New Orleans.
However, it’s those taxes that pay for police and fire protection, along with a myriad of other public services in the city.
That doesn’t mean that the assessor’s office always gets it right when it comes to valuing your property, so the open rolls period for disputing your assessment will take place between July 15th and August 15th.
What can you do if you think your assessment is too high?
How do I dispute my Assessment?
When a property owner disagrees with the estimated market value the Assessor has placed on a property, the owner is allowed to personally appeal to the Assessor for review during the open rolls period, weekdays from July 15 to August 15. Instructions for appeals are on your property valuation notice or you may contact (504) 658-1300. When you visit our office during the open rolls period, be sure to bring documentation to support what you think the assessed value of the property should be. This includes a recent appraisal, builder’s contract, insurance documents, and/or pictures. All pictures must be recent, printed, and dated.
You may also bypass the step of discussing your assessment in person by submitting a formal appeal online or dropping the appeal documents off at the Assessor’s Office. Instructions on how to appeal your assessment are included with your revaluation notice. You may submit an appeal throughout the open rolls period (July 15- August 15) plus three business days after the closing of the rolls.
You do not dispute or “appeal” your property assessment to the Assessor’s Office because you think your taxes are too high. That is a discussion to take up with the taxing authorities. Property assessment appeals are made because you think the value placed on your property is too high because of inaccurate estimations on its size (i.e., the living area of your home is 1600 square feet not 2000), or that other neighboring properties have been recently sold at a relatively lower market value than the estimated value of your property.