Voter's Guide, 2021 Fall Elections, New Orleans
Position Assessor
NameAndrew (Low Tax) Gressett

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site

Bio Information

Party AffiliationDemocrat
ProfessionReal Estate Professional, Proprietor New Orleans Realty
Present Employer / positionNew Orleans Realty, Proprietor, Real Estate Professional Broker
Length of residence in JurisdictionLifetime
List of educational institutions and degreesSaint Henry's Grammar School
L.E. Rabouin Vocational Technical High School
Loyola, Xavier and Dominican University - New Orleans Consortium - Small Business Management
Delgado University - Notarial Law
National Institute of Real Estate Brokers
National Realtors Association - Graduate Realtors Institute - GRI Designation
Prior elected and appointed positionsNone
Civic involvement and affiliationsFounder and Former Chairman New Orleans Voters League
WWII Museum
Audubon Zoo
Friends of City Park

Questions specific to the position

1. What suggestions do you have for changing the assessment laws? Term Limit The Office to 12 Years. The most valuable real estate in Louisiana is in New Orleans and the position is to powerful to be made into a dynasty to feed political organizations through professional service contracts and the like. The current assessor is a life long politician who has been at City Hall for nearly 50 years is 84 years old (God Bless Him) but is a bureaucratic book keeper that has transformed the office from a 'Property Assessment' office to a 'Tax Collection' office in violation of law according to the Louisiana Legislators Office Report by 'Chasing Sales' in order to 'equalize assessments' to achieve higher assessments. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic however he cooked the books for the corporations and reduced commercial assessments 50% and did NOTHING for the homeowners. He is taxing so much that New Orleanians cannot afford to live in New Orleans.
2. Should assessors have influence on adjusting tax exemptions? The Homestead Exemption should be increased to at least $10,000.00. The assessor should not have influence on an exemptions that should be left to the boards and city council.
3. Do you favor a change in reducing the number of exempt properties? Please explain. There are 'corrections' that need to be made and if it reduces the number of exemptions then so be it, but to reduce to achieve a number is no good. The Assessor should work with the public and the City Council to implement a plan to decide what is fair and reasonable so that everyone pays their fair share but no one gets the burden of paying for services that others are receiving at a greater level. Thank You very much!

Let GRESSETT ASSESS IT and forget the rest!