John C. Hill, CLA
The Assessor is required to locate, list, classify, value, and assess all property in Morehouse Parish for ad valorem taxation according to the Constitution of Louisiana and the laws of the state. Ad valorem means “according to value" - thus the amount of tax is based on the value of the property and not the ability to pay. This property includes all REAL (land and buildings) and PERSONAL (business movables).
The Assessor also tracks ownership changes; maintains maps of parcel boundaries; and maintains the legal description of each property parcel. All culminates annually, with the filing of the Tax Roll, a major source of revenue for law enforcement, education, fire protection, roads and drainage.
The Parish Tax Collector is the Sheriff and all ad valorem taxes for the Parish are due by December 31 of current year.
Bastrop, Bonita, Collinston, Mer Rouge and Oak Ridge send tax bills and collect taxes based on the assessments and millage rates for that particular municipality or village.
The Goal of the Assessor's office
is to ensure that property is assessed fairly and equitably, and that is our