NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans City Hall may be a crowded place over the next couple of weeks due to property owners having a chance to seek changes in their property tax assessments.
Every year New Orleans residential and business property owners who don't agree with the assessment on their real estate have two weeks to ask for it to be changed.
Often long lines are spilling out of the doors to the assessor's office, and sometimes waiting areas have to be set up on others floors.
Many residents wait hours for help, with exhaustion and frustration the norm.
Citizens, especially those that notice their assessment has changed and do not agree, should bring documentation that proves their claim about what the assessment should be.
Citizens should be prepared to wait, like so many people did last year.
"The e-mail indicated that I could appeal for the 2012 tax year, but it was too late for the prior years, so reading between the lines, I'm not getting my money back," said Reveca Maldenoff in August 2011.
Challenges are accepted on weekdays between Wednesday and August 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth floor of city hall or at the Algiers Courthouse.