CPPJ weighs in on property tax increase - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CPPJ weighs in on property tax increase

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The property tax increase has many property owners talking, and for Calcasieu Parish Police Jurors, they've been hearing what constituents have to say about the increase. But what is the role of the CPPJ in the tax assessment increase?

"I have had a lot of people in passing ask me about the situation," CPPJ Juror Shannon Spell, of District 1, said. He said people are asking why the increase was so drastic, but notes the Police Jury has nothing to do with the assessment increase.

"It's really an issue," Spell said. "What I think a lot of people are missing is there's a difference between property taxes and property assessments. And that the Police Jury and tax assessor's office are actually separate entities. The Police Jury has absolutely no responsibility or association with the setting of assessment values of properties."

Spell said the CPPJ may put certain property taxes on ballots, but they don't assess properties.

The money from the property taxes goes toward other parish services like health units, juvenile justice services, and road and drainage services.

Although the property tax increase is cringe-worthy for some property owners, Spell said the tax assessor is just doing her job.

"The tax assessor operates under state statutes. So, they are guided by the Louisiana Tax Commission and all of their regulations and rules that they follow are basically set by state law," Spell said. 

"I think we need to look at options to try to minimize increases in the future, but I think that's something that all the entities need to work together on so that we can try to improve that process in the future," he said.

Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor Wendy Aguillard is expected to speak on the property assessment tax increase at the CPPJ meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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