More than 20,000 homes and parish businesses reassessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida
Immediately after Hurricane Ida, the St. Charles Parish Assessor’s Office ordered aerial photographs of the parish to help assess the damage.
This was the first step, said Tab Troxler, appraiser of St. Charles Parish, in a complete reassessment of all personal and business properties in the parish.
“There is significant damage throughout the parish, varying widely from minor loss to total loss,” Troxler said. “It will be a challenge for us to complete this task, however, we are assisted by various assessor offices from other parts of the state. We want this process to be easy and with as little paperwork as possible. I do this as I would like for myself as a resident.
Troxler said his office is using technology, aerial photography and field workers to reassess property values. Lower values will mean less taxes owed for home and business owners.
“This process allows us to complete appraisals of the area more efficiently and reduce the burden on landowners,” he said, adding that post-storm reassessment is similar to a regular reassessment process carried out at intervals. four years in accordance with state law. “Residents do not need to contact the assessor’s office at this time while reassessments are still being determined. If more information is needed from a home or business owner during this process, a representative from the appraiser’s office will contact you.
In addition to aerial photography, the entire parish was photographed from the street using a 360 vehicle camera. Troxler said field crews have already completed initial assessments of the businesses.
“With the exception of Grand Isle and Lafitte, our owners suffered much worse damage than in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany in general,” he said. “Not only in terms of destructiveness, but also in terms of numbers. As such, we need to re-evaluate all properties to determine the extent of damage. Due to the varying degree of property-to-property damage, a single reduction would not be fair. “
Troxler said his office would use a five-tier system – with a score of one indicating minimal damage and a score of five meaning full teardown – to categorize damage and reduce values accordingly. Once reassessments are complete, they will be posted online and available in the assessor’s office for residents to review.
“We have over 20,000 properties to review, which we hope to complete by early November,” he said. “At that point, homeowners will be able to see the changes we have made to their property assessment by visiting us online. We believe that the vast majority will agree with our conclusions and will not need to do anything more. Like many others, I have personally suffered significant damage to my home and the last thing I need is another form to fill out or another line to replace.
Troxler said residents who feel that the assessor’s office has not quite captured all of the damage will then be encouraged to contact the office for further investigation.
“The goal is to ease the burden on residents at this time when most are very busy dealing with insurance companies and / or FEMA,” he said. “I can promise you it will be good, but it won’t be perfect. I think 98%… maybe even 99%… of people will see their reassessment and be very comfortable.
Troxler said the expedited reassessment process means his office has around 8 weeks to complete work that is normally done in 8 months.
“Typically, tax bills are due no later than December 31st… but due to the work that needs to be done and the schedule, taxes due will likely need to be pushed back into the first quarter of 2022,” a- he declared. “It’s a huge decision.”
Nothing is set in stone on that yet, Troxler said, adding that the many public entities that rely on property taxes would be greatly affected by an extension for home and business owners.
Residents and business owners can now search and download aerial images captured after Ida and see all other updates related to the post-Ida reassessment at https://stcharlesassessor.com/category/hurricane-ida/.