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Guin announces tax savings

by Associated Press

Webster Parish Tax Assessor Morris Guin says he has exceeded his goal of saving property taxpayers by more than $1 million.

“We are pleased to announce that our goal to reduce Webster Parish property taxes by $500,000 this year has not only been achieved but is expected to be exceeded,” he said. “At this time, I estimate that property taxes will be reduced by about $550,000 for this tax year.”

When he took office in 2013, one of his goals was to reduce property taxes through a reduction in costs within the assessor’s office. The first year, taxpayers were saved $500,000. He met that goal again in 2014. He also did away with charges to municipalities and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, the tax collector for the parish.

“Since I’ve been in office, we’ve tried to think outside the box,” he said during an April press conference. “Our goal was to save tax dollars by maximizing the efficiency of the assessor’s office and passing on those savings to the taxpayers. I truly believe the hard-working taxpayers of Webster Parish deserve to keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible.”

The second reduction of $500,000 makes $1 million the assessor’s office has saved the taxpayers of Webster Parish, and this will happen this year, he said.

“We will continue to manage the assessor’s office funds in the best manner possible,” he said. “We will keep improving and doing the best job possible for Webster Parish and provide our Webster Parish citizens and neighbors with good and friendly service.”

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