The Calcasieu Parish Assessor is responsible for discovery, listing, and valuing all property in Calcasieu Parish for ad valorem tax purposes. This property includes all Real Estate, all Business Movable Property (Personal Property), and all Oil & Gas Property and Equipment. It is the Assessor’s duty to ensure all property is assessed in a fair and equitable manner for the property owners. At the same time, the Assessor has to make certain that the assessments are done according to the Louisiana State Constitution, the Revised Statutes that are passed by the Legislature, and the Rules and Regulations set forth by the Louisiana Tax Commission. The Assessor is responsible for filing the Tax Roll annually with the Louisiana Tax Commission. In addition, the Assessor must maintain the property maps for each piece of Real Estate, maintain the legal description of each property parcel, as well as maintain the ownership inventory of each parcel.
The different governing bodies within the parish set millage rates for the parish. These governing bodies include the School Board, Police Jury, Sheriff, and others. Also there may be additional millages set for the individual Fire Districts, Water Districts, etc. These millages depend upon the location of the property.
The Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector, which is the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff, is responsible for sending tax bills and collecting taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates. The annual parish tax bills are sent out around November 15th each year and are due by December 31st of that year.