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What is the job of the New Orleans Assessor's Office?

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The job of the New Orleans Assessor's Office is to assess the values of taxable properties in Orleans Parish in a fair and factual way, according to the office's website. The office uses a computerized system to track and maintain data on the appraisals.

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Land, homes and commercial buildings are among the properties that the office assesses, according to the Orleans Parish Assessor's Office. An online property record search allows users to search property records by owner name, tax bill number, address and other filters. The office uses the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal system to aid in collecting, examining, reporting and integrating data. The office also looks at sales, images, land uses and maps for the computer system. Users can also estimate their taxes online using the latest millage rates. Users are able to file some forms online during certain periods; as of 2015, these include an appeal of taxable valuation and a personal property self-reporting form.

The website of the assessor explains that the office does not establish tax rates, send bills or collect tax payments. Customers with issues in those three areas should contact the treasury bureau. The assessor's office does not seize property either; the finance department handles questions with those issues.

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