Assessor’s Office releases first annual report

Journal Staff

Webster Parish Assessor Denise Edwards and her staff want homeowners to know they are on their side.
Edwards recently released an annual report that answers many questions concerning property and taxes.
“Keeping our citizens and taxpayers informed with up-to-date information is a high priority for the Webster Parish Assessor’s Office,” Edwards said. “With this goal as our priority, we now provide Webster Parish citizens with two means of obtaining important tax information.”

Edwards and her employees have released a newly-published, first-ever, Webster Parish Assessor’s Office Annual Report, as well as a newly-redesigned website that went live in January 2021.
“The annual report and website were created as a service to the taxpayers of Webster Parish with their needs and best interest in mind,” she said.

The report, recently mailed to all property owners, is described as a very important and understandable source of information about special tax exemptions, special property assessment freezes, how property tax dollars are spent and how property is assessed.

The website allows property owners from home or office to file online for Homestead Exemption, locate property ownerships, view digital aerial photographs and maps and obtain assessed property values, legal descriptions, estimated amount of property taxes and other helpful information that pertains to the Assessor’s Office.

The newest feature is free access to the aerial Geographic Information Service (GIS) mapping, which was previously a subscription fee-based service.

“In order to ensure our citizens obtain all the benefits to which they are entitled, I will continue to assist and inform them how to properly file for homestead exemption and special assessment level freezes available to senior citizens and veterans with disabilities and any other tax benefits available, and to stay current with all legislative changes that will affect our taxpayers and taxing districts,” Edwards said.

But all this doesn’t mean taxpayers who wish personal service will no longer receive it, she added.

“As your Webster Parish Assessor, my staff and I will continue to provide courteous and helpful service to our taxpayers,” she continued. “We are here to answer any questions or concerns. Our goal is to be the best public servants, providing the best service and always strive to do better. This is your office, and we are here to serve you.”

To receive a copy of the Webster Parish Assessor’s Office Annual Report 2021, visit the Assessor’s Office, 103 S. Monroe St., Minden or 110 Industrial Park Drive in Cullen. For more information, call 318-377-9311 or 318-539-3301.