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Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor Tim Page reviews maps of property boundaries and geographical features within the parish. The new assessor’s website offers residents access to many of the same features used by the assessor’s office.

Nathan Wilson
The Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor’s Office has developed several new features to its website, either added or expanded.
The new features include the ability for the public to access the same maps generated by the Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor Tim Page and his team. Features include an enhancement of the search function to include greater detail about properties appearing within search results. Additionally, the automation of these features allows the NPTA to offer this information to the public for free.
Page revealed that his office is accustomed to answering questions relating to tax assessments along with the underlying property. With their website www.natchitochesassessor.org now operational, he predicts people will find it more convenient to find the information they’re looking for. “A lot of people won’t fool with a computer, but for those that do, it’s out there,” he says. “People want things and we find ourselves many times just making copies of it and emailing it to them, where if they have it at their fingertips, they can do it from their house, and it saves them from even having to call.”
Property owners who believe they may qualify for property tax freezes, homestead exemptions or who wish to appeal the assessor’s determination may find information on the topic through the website. Along with the standard homestead exemption, disabled persons, veterans with disabilities and those age 65 and older are eligible for additional property tax freezes or exemptions.
This article publishes in the Aug. 6, 2022, print edition. Contact the Times by calling 352-3618.
The site also provides information about how property taxes are determined and downloadable forms to register property with the assessor’s office. Page reveals that the recent nationwide surge in home prices won’t affect property owners on their next tax bill. “We are mandated by law to reassess every four years. Therefore we will not perform a parish wide reassessment of values until year 2024,” he says. “Property taxes have and will remain the same until reassessment with the exception of someone buying or building something new.”
While the tax assessor’s office won’t be conducting a parish-wide assessment for another year and a half, Page and his team are still in the field performing assessments. They are taking steps to ensure property improvements are reliably documented. “We ride around looking. We see permits where someone’s building something. We’re going to ride around and see what they’re building,” he says. “If we ever see anybody we get out and give them a card. We’re out there just looking to see what’s being built.”
Another feature the site provides is access to the maps generated by the assessor’s office. “These maps, we drew every one of them here in the office. Every line that you see on there we did,” says Page. Though the boundaries are approximate, the map provides information about the owner, address and legal description of all residential, agricultural and commercial land in the city and parish. Page warns about the limitations of the map. “It doesn’t substitute for a survey so don’t go and assume for sure,” he says. “It could be 10 feet off in some places, so when you start building fences or cutting trees you better know more than this. This is not a legal document.”
Users can also search for detailed information about a property by entering information such as the property address, owner or subdivision into the property search field. The information revealed can be used to learn more about ownership, valuation, tax rate and past property transactions.
The wealth of data provided by the website is freely available to users seeking information about how their property taxes are determined. “All of these are on the website,” says Page. “You can print it and you’ve got something you can show your neighbor.”