Deadline for 2020 Calcasieu assessor adjustments to hurricane damaged property

Updated: Apr. 27, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - How much you pay in property taxes on your home depends on its value.

After the hurricanes, the assessor’s office adjusted property values to reflect damage, but in some cases the damage may be much more extensive than assessor employees could see.

Though the assessors adjusted values due to hurricane damage, in some cases more extensive damage cannot be seen from the street. So, the assessor allows homeowners to provide more information to seek another adjustment.

Calcasieu Assessor Wendy Aguillard says requests for additional adjustment will be accepted through Friday.

“For a lot of people, either they haven’t paid their taxes yet or they paid at a higher value prior to us being able to reduce any value,” Aguillard said. “It’s possible if we could still reduce the value for them, they could get a little bit of a refund from the tax collector and sheriff.”

The value and deadline she’s talking about pertain to last year. She says they can still work on updated values for 2021.

“We can continue to help people for this year based on the circumstances at their home or commercial buildings or so forth if they still are waiting on insurance or have significant damage that has not been repaired.”

She also says some people who will be out of their house for a long time may want to request continuation of their homestead exemption which allows a property tax break each year. Louisiana residents do not have to pay parish property taxes on the first $75,000 of the value of their primary residence, as long as they have obtained a homestead exemption.

Aguillard says the deadline is at the end of the business day Friday, April 30. For more information visit the Calcasieu Assessor website.

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