Hearings coming this month in N.O. for property owners challenging assessments

New Orleans property owners who are challenging their tax assessments this year should be getting a letter in the next few days with a date and time for a hearing to make their case for a lower tax bill.

The City Council issued a news release on Tuesday saying letters will go out beginning this week. The council, which serves as the board of review for property assessments, has hired HGI Catastrophe Services LLC to act as a mediator between property owners and the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office.

Hearings are scheduled to begin at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans on Lakeshore Drive starting Sept. 13.

The assessor got 2,047 appeals this year. About two-thirds of them came through the new online filing system, which debuted this year. Of the total, 1,333 are headed for the mediation process, 423 have already been settled by the Assessor’s Office, 129 have been withdrawn, 144 are in the process of being settled and nine were incomplete, the news release said.