NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans property group, the Department of Veterans Affairs and an outpatient clinic are suing the City of New Orleans claiming that their property taxes increased without notice.

Montagnet Properties #5 LLC, the United States Government, Department of Veterans Affairs and Southern Louisiana Veterans Healthcare Systems filed suit against Errol G. Williams, Assessor Orleans Parish, the Board of Revenue Orleans Parish and the Bureau of Treasury Orleans Parish in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on March 1.

Montagent Properties owns the property leased by the VA for its outpatient mental health clinic on Canal Street in New Orleans. The VA has leased the land since 2010 and per its lease pays a portion of the property taxes.

In 2012, the taxable assessment for the land was $33,500 with a resulting tax of $4,926.54. In 2013 the taxable assessment for the property rose to $295,150 with a resulting tax of $45,465.37.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide notice of the amount of the assessment of the property and incorrectly assessing the property.

The plaintiffs seek to challenge the assessment and want to be taxed at the 2012 level.

The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Nicole M. Smith of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division J Judge Paula A. Brown.

Case No. 2013-2064.

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