French Quarter residents to hold meeting to dispute property tax increase

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Posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 7:01 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - The sticker shock may have worn off for some, but other residents in the French Quarter are still furious about the drastic increase in their property taxes.

Assessor Erroll Williams decided on a blanket assessment that valued every property in the French Quarter at $60/square foot.

Besides facing major increases in property tax bills, residents said that the tax is unfair. All properties are not worth the same depending on what the property is used for and its location, they said.

Many residents appealed the tax increases.

The community has also asked the New Orleans City Council to place a freeze on the increases in order to keep them at the current levels.

The city council acts as a board of review and is expected to discuss the topic on Tuesday.

The French Quarter Land Assessment is holding a public meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Esplanade Room at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel at 621 St. Louis St.

The group hopes to create a unified proposal to present to the council.

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