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COVINGTON, La. -- The new year brought big changes to the St. Tammany Parish Assessor's Office, including a new leader and layoffs. Eyewitness News broke the story on Twitter Friday morning.

Newly-elected Assessor Louis Fitzmorris tells Eyewitness News he let go of 14 full time employees and one part-time because the department was over-budget and over-staffed when he took over. He says despite brining in eight employees of his own, in addition to the layoffs, the office has saved more than $300,000.

Fitzmorris said, 'Our whole goal here is to serve the public and provide as much customer service as we can for the taxpayers of this parish.'

The new assessor says some of the new customer service will include moving more resources to the appraisal section and returning phone calls in a more timely fashion.

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