Ascension Parish Assessor
About Taxes

The Ascension Parish Assessor's Office must appraise and assess value on approximately 50,000 parcels of property. The Louisiana Constitution requires the assessor to list and place a value on all property that is subject to ad valorem taxes. Ad valorem means "according to value." The value that the assessor determines is called "assessed value" and is a percentage of fair market value or use value as prescribed by law. The assessed value is calculated as a percentage of the market value as provided for by law.

Land: 
 10% FMV
Residential Improvements: 
 10% FMV
Commercial (includes personal): 
 15% FMV
Commercial land: 
 10% FMV

Taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the tax rate set by various millages, bond rates and fees voted on by registered voters in different districts established by the Legislature or Constitution. If the property is your home, you may deduct a maximum of $7,500 from the total assessed value before finding the taxable assessed value. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and assessed at 10%, or $10,000, and you are eligible and have signed for homestead exemption, you would calculate your taxes as follows:

   Parish
Assessed Value 
$
10,000
Homestead Exemption   
- $
7,500
Taxable Assessed Value  
$
2,500
Assumed Tax Rate 
x   
    .107
Totals
$
267.50

The Ascension Parish Tax Collector, which is the Ascenion Parish Sheriff's Office, is responsible for mailing the tax notices and collecting the taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates. The annual parish tax notices are mailed out in November and are due by December 31 of that year.

Each municipality within the parish is responsible for mailing the tax notices and collecting the taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates for that municipality. The municipality sets these millage rates or tax rates.

The different governing bodies within the parish set millege rates fo rthe parish. These governing bodies include the Ascension Parish School Board, Ascension Parish Sheriff, Ascension Parish Council, and several others. Also, there may be additional millages set for hte individual Fire Districts, Recreation Districts, etc. that depend on where the property is located.