Assessor announces freeze on homestead exemption to eligible tax payers

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Some Webster Parish residents with homestead exemption have the opportunity now to freeze the amount the level.
Webster Parish Assessor Denise Edwards said eligible taxpayers may apply for special assessment levels or “freezes.”
“The special assessment level will ‘freeze’ the taxpayer’s primary residence at its current assessed value, if the homeowner remains eligible,” Edwards said.

Qualifying circumstances include a certain adjusted gross income and one of the following:

• Senior Citizens Freeze – At least one owner of the home must be 65 or older;
• Disabled Veterans Freeze – At least one owner must be a veteran with a service-connected disability with a 50 percent or higher disability rating;
• Disability Freeze – at least one owner of the home must be permanently and totally disabled; and,
• MIA/POW for a period exceeding 90 days.

Edwards said in 2020 a Constitutional Amendment was passed that raised the income requirement to have a combined adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less.

“The documents required to freeze your assessment are your driver’s license or birth certificate, federal tax return and disability awards letter if applying for disability freeze,” she said.

For more information, call the assessor’s office at 318-377-9311 or bring the required documents to 103 S. Monroe St., Minden between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“It is important to note that the special assessment levels do not freeze millage rates,” Edwards said. “However, taxing districts can still adjust tax rates on these properties.”

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