The Assessor is required to locate, identify, list, classify, value, and assess all property in the Parish for ad valorem taxation according to the Constitution of Louisiana and the laws of the state. Ad valorem means “according to value" - thus the amount of tax is based on the value of the property and not the ability to pay. This property includes all REAL property (land and buildings) and PERSONAL property (business movables and inventory).

The Assessor also tracks ownership changes; maintains maps of parcel boundaries; and maintains the legal description of each property parcel. All culminates annually, with the filing of the Tax Roll, a major source of revenue for law enforcement, education, fire protection, roads and drainage.

The Parish Tax Collector is the Rapides Parish Sheriff. All ad valorem taxes for the Parish are due by December 31 of the current year.

Alexandria, Woodworth, Cheneyville, Lecompte, Forest Hill, Glenmora, Boyce, Pineville and Ball send city tax bills and collect city taxes based on the assessments and millage rates for that particular municipality or village.