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Assessor Jeff Taylor announces re-election bid

Assessor Jeff Taylor announces re-election bid

Author: Action News 17/Saturday, August 31, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

LIVINGSTON, La. – Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor is seeking re-election for another four-year term to his office in the Oct. 12, 2019 election.

Taylor, a lifelong conservative Republican, has served as assessor of Livingston Parish since August 2000. Under his leadership, his office implemented the parish’s first property ownership map, put assessments on-line for the public to see, and corrected the tax rolls to give districts more accurate information in setting their budgets.

He piloted new computerized data systems, developed a nationally recognized permit program, and was the first assessor in the state to implement a one-pixel digitized imagery system of the parish properties.

Following the 2016 flood, Taylor lowered property assessments of flood victims in Livingston Parish to help them afford to get back in their homes. Because of the long recovery process, Taylor has managed to give reductions for the past three years – up to 25% each year off the normal costs.

“I am proud of the progress we have made, and that we have established the Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office as a state and national standard for how to do the job right,” Taylor said.

Taylor was elected earlier this year to be the 2019 President of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association by a vote of all the assessors throughout the state. He has served the Louisiana Assessors’ Association as a member of the Board of Directors for the past eight years, and most recently served as vice president and treasurer of the statewide organization.

The Louisiana Assessors’ Association is based in Baton Rouge and is tasked with supporting each assessor’s office throughout the state related to legislative matters, tax commission issues, retirement, insurance and regulatory guidelines.

Taylor has twice earned international recognition from the International Association of Assessing Officers for his work with developing a parish mapping system and instituting a permit program that enables the parish to update records in a more timely manner. He is also a leader in promoting industry education standards. He completed the rigorous requirements to be an international certified assessor and has participated in numerous national seminars.

Most recently, Taylor worked with parish officials to construct a new governmental annex building in Livingston to house his modernized office, a parish mapping system, and provide storage for the parish clerk of court office. The building has been named the Delmas L. Taylor Governmental Annex, which is scheduled to be dedicated on Sept. 27.

Taylor is also the founding sponsor of Assess the Need, a parish-wide not-for-profit school supply campaign that helps to supply school supplies and materials to needy families each year. This year’s campaign marked the 19th consecutive year that Taylor has managed the program. To date, the program has collected more than $1 million in donated supplies and helped nearly 50,000 students from pre-Kindergarten to high school.

Taylor and his wife Delia Adams Taylor of Livingston recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. They have two children – Zachary (24) and Caroline (20). Taylor is the son of the late Rev. Delmas Taylor and Sharon Taylor of Colyell. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. He is a member of several community and volunteer organizations and enjoys cooking for charitable events. The Taylor family attends First Baptist Church of Denham Springs.

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