Posted: Jul 16, 2013 8:19 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2013 8:29 PM
The Lafayette Consolidated Government Council voted Tuesday night to buy a new software package for the Lafayette Parish Assessor's Office to help track down individuals collecting homestead exemptions on their property in Lafayette Parish fraudulently.
The system, designed by Assessure Systems of Mandeville, ties data from sources across the country together to allow assessors to determine whether or not the homestead exemption claimed in their area is the only one they receive, or if the home is even the primary residence of the taxpayer.
Assessure representative Matt Sawyer said that anywhere from 3 to 5 percent of the homestead exemptions claimed in any given municipality are fraudulent.
Using that as a working range, LCG stands to make between $800,000 and $1.4 million if it can recoup those lost or unpaid homestead exemptions.
The contract with Assessure could cost LCG up to $407,000, but the payments are based on fines and taxes collected under the program. Sawyer said that no charges would be invoiced against LCG until monies were collected through the new program.