As the Assessor’s Office of Acadia Parish, our mission is to “Increase awareness and understanding throughout Acadia Parish regarding the assessment process so that residents recognize what it entails and how it ultimately affects and benefits them daily.”
WHO OUR SERVICES BENEFIT
- THE PUBLIC – We provide current mapping and historical ownership records to assist in various real estate transactions, including property sales and transferals.
- THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY – Our office continually upgrades software to assist businesses with mapping tools that allow them to view real time potential projects and sites and determine their approximate sizes and locations. We also provide landscape information including flood zone areas and elevations.
- THE GOVERNMENT – We work in partnership with government entities to accurately project expected income sources for budgeting purposes. Our team monitors and guides taxing districts during their annual adoption of millage rates. Additionally, we bring in state agencies to inform local districts on any changes that may affect the millage process.
SETTING THE STANDARD
- Ongoing upgrades to Assessor’s mapping system with technological advances through partnership with C. H. Fenstermaker and Associates, a national leader in GIS technologies.
- Website upgrades featuring the consolidation of assessment information and mapping capabilities.
- The Assessor’s office team has achieved a 90% rate of office personnel attaining the designation of “Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor”, a benchmark for Acadia Parish.
- Initiated the first major office renovation in over 50 years at the Acadia Parish Courthouse. The completion of this project has allowed our office to become more beneficial and accommodating to Acadia Parish residents and assessment professionals alike.
MEET THE ACADIA PARISH ASSESSOR – JIM PETITJEAN
A lifelong resident of Rayne, Jim Petitjean was elected as Assessor of Acadia Parish in 2011
and assumed his duties on January 1, 2013. Attaining the designation as a “Certified Louisiana
Assessor” (CLA) in August of 2013, Petitjean currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the
Louisiana Assessor’s Association Legislative Committee and is a board member on the
Insurance Committee. Prior to being elected as Assessor, Petitjean served the City of Rayne
as Mayor for 18 years. Petitjean was appointed the first Recreation Director for the City of
Rayne in 1983 and served in that capacity for 12 years.
Active in many municipal organizations, in 2005 Petitjean served as President of the Louisiana
Municipal Association (LMA), an organization whose membership includes all of Louisiana’s
municipalities. Petitjean has also volunteered his services in various capacities with the United
Way of Acadiana, most recently serving as Acadia Parish Chairman. The father of four and
grandfather of four, Petitjean remains active in Recreation Department activities. He is a 1978
graduate of Rayne High School and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL).
HISTORY OF ACADIA PARISH ASSESSORS
|James J. Petitjean||2013 – present|
|Michael D. Goss||2011 – 2012|
|Russell Benoit||1988 – 2010|
|Arthur J. LeBlanc||1964 – 1987|
|Clifton J. Guidry||1932 – 1963|
|W. T. McBride||1916 – 1931|
|Martin Guidry, Jr.||12/21/1908 – 1915|
|A. C. Lormand||1901 – 1908|
|W. F. Brooks||1893 – 1900|
|Will C. Chevis||1889 – 1892|
|David B. Lyons||1886 – 1888|