Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has begun the process of mailing out 51,256 tax notices to Lafourche Parish property owners. Of that number, 13,128 are homestead exempt and owe no taxes. A total of $127,366,661.05 in property taxes are now due and can be paid online, in person, or by mail. These taxes help fund all aspects of public service in the parish such as roads, drainage, levees, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, ambulance services, schools, and recreation.
Payments can be made in full online at www.LPSO.net/PayMyTaxes, or mailed to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at P.O. Box 5608, Thibodaux, LA 70302. Full payments via cash, credit card, debit card, check, or money order can also be made at the LPSO Administrative Office (200 Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux) and at the South Lafourche Sub-station (102 West 91st Street, Galliano). A surcharge will apply for all card payments. For added convenience, the following banks will accept tax payments at their Lafourche Parish branches: First American Bank, Regions Bank, South Lafourche Bank, State Bank & Trust, United Community Bank, and Whitney Bank.
Property taxes are due by December 31, 2015, and unpaid taxes become delinquent on January 1, 2016. Per state law, delinquent taxes accrue interest at a rate of 1% per month until paid. Beginning April 1, 2016, the collection company will assess an additional 10% collection fee for the unpaid amount.
For those unable to pay in full by December 31, 2015, partial payments can be made by mail or at LPSO offices only. Each partial payment must be at least 25% of the total amount of property tax due, and the first partial payment must be made prior to December 31, 2015. The remaining unpaid amount is still subject to the 1% penalty per state law, as well as the 10% collection fee which will be added if any unpaid amount remains as of April 1, 2016.
Unpaid property taxes will also accrue additional costs associated with the tax sale. If property is sold at the tax sale, the property owner is subject to loss of the homestead exemption. Property sold at the tax sale may be redeemed up to three years from the date the property is sold, but per state law, a 5% penalty will apply as well as a monthly interest rate of 1%. The owner must contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to redeem the property.
The current property owner is responsible for all taxes due. Anyone who purchased property in 2015 may not receive a tax bill due to it being sent to the previous owner. Homeowners should check with their mortgage company before paying a bill to avoid double payment. Property owners should direct related questions to the Lafourche Parish Assessor’s Office at (985) 447-7242.
For more information about tax payments, property owners can contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 449-4431 or via the website at www.LPSO.net.