Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor and his office have been nominated for the 2011 Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award.

It is presented by the International Association of Assessing Officers to agencies that have instituted improvements in their offices that can serve as models for the industry.

Taylor was first nominated for the Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award in 2008.

Ronnie Volkmar, of Geographic Computer Technologies, of Metairie, whose company works with numerous assessor offices, said Taylor “implemented so many projects to upgrade and enrich the lives of (his) constituents.”

Taylor will be honored at the IAAO 77th annual International Conference on Assessment Administration, Sept. 18-21 in Phoenix.

Rape Crisis Program

The District Attorney’s Tri-Parish Rape Crisis Program received accreditation by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, said Tri-Parish Rape Crisis Program Coordinator Lorett Swank.

Becoming an accredited organization guarantees the program will continue to receive funding through LaFASA, which will hold the program at a higher standard, program officials said.

“We are very proud of the Tri-Parish Rape Crisis Program, and so grateful to Lorett Swank and her staff, who worked so hard to make this accreditation happen,” District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said. “Our office will continue to provide top-quality services to victims of sexual assault,” he said.

Assess the Need results

The 11th annual 2011 Assess the Need school supply drive collected nearly $40,000 in donations and supplies to help provide school supplies for about 2,000 needy children in Livingston Parish.

“We are so appreciative of the generous support we received from our local businesses, our area media outlets and many individual donors who made this program a success again this year,” Assessor Jeff Taylor said.

More than 100 volunteers, including several school teachers and administrators, community group members and local youth helped collect donations over a period of three weekends, Taylor said. Several business sponsors also gave generously to the program, he said.

Taylor said coordinators worked with school officials to order the supplies that were needed, and distributed them before the start of classes on Aug. 5.

Persons needing help from the Assess the Need campaign should contact their principals or school counselors.

Leads for Lunch

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce will host Leads for Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Greystone Country Club, 9214 Greystone Drive, Denham Springs. The cost is $16.

For more information, contact the Chamber office at (225) 665-8155 or send an email to to RSVP.

To submit news, contact the Florida Parishes Bureau office by phone at (225) 664-9058; by fax at (225) 664-9710; by email at Deadline is noon Thursdays.