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TAXES

City of Leesville Tax Dept.
101 W. Lee St.
Leesville, LA  71446
337-239-2046

AD VALOREM TAXES

The City of Leesville assesses an ad valorem tax on all real and taxable personal property within the city limits.   The City Commission has adopted the 2006 tax rate at .59285 per $100 valuation.  This tax rate reflects an increase from last year.

The tax rate is usually adopted in September and tax bills are mailed out the first to second week in November, giving property owners sufficient time to pay the bill before the deadline of December 31.  Property owners have from November 1 to December 31 of the current year to pay taxes without penalty and interest.  Taxes become delinquent on January 1 and a 1% penalty and interest charge is assessed each month until the tax is paid. Delinquent bills are mailed out in February (Further fees will be due).  Failure to pay the property tax will result in it going before our City Tax Sale in May.

POINTS OF INTEREST:

On real property (land and buildings), the current owner can be held accountable for any unpaid taxes even for years before he/she bought the property.  The new owner is liable for the entire year’s tax, even if that person bought the property during the year and had the tax prorated with the seller at the time of closing.

The tax collector does not have any legal authority to forgive the penalty and interest charge on unpaid taxes.  These charges are set by statue and can only be waived after approval by the governing body if an act or omission of an officer, employee, or agent of the taxing unit or the appraisal district caused the account to become delinquent.

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