- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

GONZALES, La. (AP) - In 2013, Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr. convinced the parish’s taxing districts one by one to chip in and pay for aerial mapping that produced detailed images of the entire parish.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1XewmmI) the 2014 effort uncovered 6,000 property improvements that had not been on the tax rolls and yielded $18.1 million combined in new, annual taxes for several agencies.

Presented primarily as a way to improve his office when the first-term assessor took office in 2013, the aerial imagery is now something the assessor wants to do every few years in a bid to keep up with continued growth.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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