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Meeting set for Lafourche Sheriff's Office property tax rate

Meeting set for Lafourche Sheriff's Office property tax rate


The Lafourche Parish Law Enforcement District will hold a public hearing where parish residents can weigh in on a proposed roll-forward property tax rate at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13.

The hearing will be held at the Law Enforcement District’s regular meeting place located in the Conference Room of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Administrative Building at 200 Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux.

Every four years, the Lafourche Parish Assessor's Office reappraises properties. During this process, local government boards are assigned revised property tax rates, called millages, to collect the same amount of money as the previous year even though property tax values increase.

Some boards take this route, but others choose to "roll forward" the tax rates. In that case, the rates remain the same, resulting in higher bills for home and business owners but more money for government services.

In a news release, Sheriff Craig Webre said if an increase (or “roll forward”) is available, it will be sought in order to off-set the rise in operating costs since the last reassessment was in the year 2012.

Following this public hearing, there will be a public meeting of the Law Enforcement District held in the Conference Room to consider and adopt the 2016 adjusted-millage-rate after Reassessment.

Webre said he expects about $10.5 million to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage. The estimated tax increase would be $482,278.62.

Actual numbers may vary once the Assessor's Office completes its reassessment process, Webre said.