Nov 5, 2013 6:21 PM by Akeam Ashford
In Lafayette, both the parish and city governments will start mailing out tax statements early next week.
According to Lafayette Parish Assessor Conrad Comeaux, the parish is expecting a 5.9 percent increase in property tax revenue from last year.
But the assessor only sets the tax. By state law, the sheriff's office is responsible for collecting all parish taxes.
This year, Chief Financial Officer Keith Sibille says the parish will bill more than 90,000 property owners in the parish, collecting $184,939,623.48 in taxes.
And, to make collecting all that money easier, five years ago, the sheriff's office created an online website where property owners can pay their tax bills.
"Its made it better because a lot of times what was happening was it was taking us a little while to get to those things. For people who wrote checks the old fashioned way, they were getting nervous," Sibille said.
The good news is that, per capita, Comeaux says homeowners aren't paying more in taxes. This year's increase in revenue comes from new businesses in the parish.
Lafayette Planning, Zoning and Codes issued permits to build 48 new businesses from January to August of this year. That's more than they issued all of last year -- 45.
As for new homes, through August, 2013, 546 permits have been issued, compared to 479 this time last year.