Accounts Payable / Tax Collections

RESPONSIBILITIES


City of Leesville checks/payments are issued from the Accounts Payable office.

The same office is responsible for collecting tax payments for all property located within the city limits of Leesville.


PROPERTY TAXES


City taxes are calculated based on the assessed property value as calculated by the Vernon Parish Tax Assessor. The assessed value of property cannot be changed after it has left the Tax Assessor’s Office.

 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.

Deadlines


  • Taxes are assessed based on the property's value as of January 1st of the current year.
  • Notices are mailed out in November.
  • Property taxes are due by December 31st and become delinquent on January 1st.
  • Beginning in February, late penalties will be assessed at 1% interest each month.

PAYMENTS

For your convenience, we offer several methods to pay your water bill:

In-Person
  • We accept payments for water service, property taxes, permits and occupational licenses at the Water Department window.
  • Cash, check, money order or debit/credit card payments are accepted. (An additional service fee of $1.50 will be charged when using a debit/credit card.)
US Mail
  • Payment for any service can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 1191, Leesville, LA 71496.
  • Check or money order payments are accepted.
Drive-Through Drop Box
  • Located behind City Hall; drivers should enter from West South St.
  • Payments should be placed in an envelope along with a check or money order.
  • Please do not place cash in the drop box. It is easily lost or stolen and then we’d only have your word on it.

DELINQUENT COLLECTIONS


Based on state legislation, La. R.S. 33:2841.1, the Mayor's office has recently contracted with a company that specializes in third-party government tax collections in order to secure payment of delinquent property taxes.

The company is contracted to:
  • Locate delinquent taxpayers
  • Mail delinquency notices
  • Generate all tax sales related to events
  • Process payments
  • Provide taxpayer customer service through its call center
  • Conduct online tax sales
These new services cost neither the City nor the timely taxpayer anything, however, 
delinquent taxpayers will be assessed collection fees, pursuant to the state statute, in addition to the 1% monthly interest.

The schedule of additional Delinquent Collection Fees for unpaid taxes:
  • February 1:  $121.50
  • March 1: $ 90.00 + Mail Cost
  • April 1:  $ 37.00 + Mail Cost
  • May 1: $100.00 

ONLINE AUCTIONS


If all efforts to collect the property tax fails, the property may be seized by the city and sold at auction. 

Seized properties are listed with CivicSource.com to be sold to the highest bidder.

Anyone interested in participating in a tax sale may register online at CivicSource.com. The website provides a searchable list of properties with a plotted map, satellite images, and the amount of delinquent taxes owed. 


QUESTIONS?


Any questions concerning your City Taxes should be directed to the City 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.


Please also feel free to view our list of frequently asked questions.