Webster Parish Assessor, Denise Edwards, would like to remind everyone that eligible taxpayers may apply for various special assessment levels or “freezes” for their homestead exemption property. The special assessment level will “freeze” the taxpayer’s primary residence at its current assessed value, if the homeowner remains eligible. 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 age 65 or Older
• Disabled Veterans Freeze -At least one owner must be a veteran with a service-connected disability with a 50% or higher disability rating
• Disability Freeze – At least one owner of the home must be permanently and totally disabled.
• MIA/POW for a period exceeding 90 days
In 2020, a Constitutional Amendment was passed that raised the income requirement to having 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.
If you think you qualify, please call our office at 318-377-9311 or bring the required documents to our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm and we will be happy to assist you.
It is important to note that the special assessment levels do not freeze millage rates. Your property’s assessment will not increase. However, taxing districts can still adjust tax rates on these properties.