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In tonight’s edition of “Clancy’s Commentary,” WWL Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos takes a look at the latest reform to hit City Hall. Clancy says New Orleans’ first citywide assessor, Erroll Williams, has his work cut out for him in 2011.
New Orleans Assessor Erroll Williams has two big jobs in 2011: combining seven assessors’ offices into one and reassessing all property in the city. The state constitution requires assessors to update their rolls every four years, and this is one of those years.
Williams was the assessor for the 7th, 8th and 9th Wards of New Orleans for more than 25 years, so he knows the drill. He takes a no-nonsense approach to his job. That reflects his personality and his professional training as a CPA.
But combining the assessors’ offices and equalizing assessments citywide comprise only part of the job of reforming property taxes in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s new tax reform commission has the equally important task of identifying properties that are still not on the tax rolls, but perhaps ought to be. The commission’s report is due in three months.
Equalizing assessments is crucial, but making sure everybody pays their fair share is just as important. Both should make 2011 a memorable year for property tax reform.
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