Tax Collection & Accounts Payable
The City of Leesville Property Tax Department is responsible for collecting property taxes for property located within the City Limits of Leesville. City Taxes are calculated based on the assessed property value as stated by the Vernon Parish Tax Assessor. The assessed value of property cannot be changed after it has left the Tax Assessor’s Office.
Types of Property Tax
There are two types of property taxes:
- Personal Property - Movable property such as merchandise, furniture, fixtures, etc.
- Real Property - Immovable property such as land, buildings, etc.
Property taxes are assessed as of January 1st of the current year, and notices are mailed out in November. All property taxes are due by December 31st. Property taxes become delinquent January 1st and will be assessed 1% interest per month, and penalties will be added beginning in February.
September 28, 2015 the Leesville City Council approved Resolution 70 of 2015 allowing Mayor Allen to enter into a professional service agreement on behalf of the City of Leesville Municipal Advisory and Technical Services Bureau (LMATS) to assist in the collection of fees and delinquent taxes, including, but not limited to tax sales.
In light of new state legislation, La. R.S. 33:2841.1, the Mayor's office has contracted with a company specializing in third-party government tax collections in order to secure payment of delinquent property taxes. In addition to conducting the online tax sale, the company is contracted to locate delinquent taxpayers, mail delinquency notices, generate all tax sales related to events, process payments, and provide taxpayer customer service through its call center.
Although these new services cost neither the City nor the timely taxpayer anything starting February 1, 2017, delinquent Leesville City taxpayers will be assessed collection fees, pursuant to the state statute, in addition to being assessed 1 percent monthly interest.
The Schedule of potential fees to be assessed to delinquent tax payers include:
February 1, 2017: $121.50
March 1, 2017: $ 90.00 + Mail Cost
April 1, 2017: $ 37.00 + Mail Cost
May 1, 2017: $100.00
The online auction will take the place of the traditional tax sale held at the City Courthouse. Traditional sales require anyone desiring to participate in the process to be present when the auction is conducted. Online auctions will allow access to a greater number of citizens who will now be able to bid on properties from their home and places of business. Anyone interested in participating in the tax sale may register online prior to the sale at www.civicsource.com. Online information will include a list of properties, a plotted map, satellite images of properties, amount of delinquent taxes owed, and answers to general questions about the tax sale process, including a instructional video.
Any questions concerning your City Taxes should be directed to Stacy Lewis, Tax Collector at 337-238-2255. All questions concerning the assessed value or mailing address of your property should be addressed to the Vernon Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at 337-239-2167. Anyone paying their taxes please pay at the water department located at 401 Nolan Trace, Leesville, LA 71446.
Please also feel free to view our list of frequently asked questions.