Tax rates are based on millages, bond issues, and fees that have been voted by registered voters in the various districts which have
been established by the Legislature or Constitution. The Parish is made up of different “tax units” that are the different scenarios of tax rates.
A tax unit map is attached on the website. The tax monies collected for the districts go to pay for schools, roads, law enforcement,
fire protection, and other services that the taxpayers demand and desire from local government. To calculate the taxes on your property,
you must take the assessed value, which is a percentage of "fair market value", and multiply it by the appropriate tax or millage rate
to arrive at the amount due. If, as an example, you have $1000 of taxable assessed value and the tax rate is 90 mills,
you would pay $1000 x .090 = $90 in taxes. If your home is valued at $100,000, and you are eligible and have signed for homestead exemption,
you would calculate your taxes as follows:
$100,000 (fair market value)
x 0.10 (10%)
$10,000 (assessed value)
- $7,500 (max homestead exemption)
$2,500 (taxable value)
x 0.09 (parish tax rate)
$225 (total parish taxes due)
Note: The example is for parish taxes only, as homestead exemption does not apply to city taxes or extra "fees".