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Town of Benton Water System
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PROPERTY TAX PUBLIC NOTICE:

Mayor signs on agency to handle past-due property taxes; host online tax sale

Mayor Horton announced today that the Town of Benton would be conducting online tax sale auctions of properties with delinquent taxes.

The online auction will take the place of the traditional tax sale held at the Benton Town Hall. Traditional sales require anyone desiring to participate in the process to be present when the auction is being conducted. Online auctions will allow access to a greater number of citizens who will now be able to bid on properties from their homes or places of business.

Anyone interested in participating in the tax sale may register online prior to the sale at www.CivicSource.com. During the sale, computers will also be available at the Courthouse for the public to register and participate in the bidding process. Online information will include a list of properties, a plotted map, satellite images of the properties, amount of delinquent taxes owed, and answers to general questions about the tax sale process, including and instructional video.

In light of new state legislation, La. R.S. 33:2841.1, the Mayor’s Office has contracted with a company specializing in third-party government tax collections in order to help secure payment of delinquent property taxes. In addition to conducting the online tax sale, the company is contracted to locate delinquent taxpayers, mail delinquency notices, generate all tax sale related events, assist in obtaining payments, and provide taxpayer customer service through its call center. This use of new technology and these type services has been beneficial in recovering property tax liabilities elsewhere in Louisiana.

Although these new services cost neither the Town nor the timely taxpayers anything, on January 31, delinquent Town of Benton taxpayers will be assessed collection fees, pursuant to state statute, in addition to being assessed 1% monthly interest (details listed below*). These collection fees cover the administrative costs of printing and mailing notices and operating a call center, where taxpayers can get assistance with payments and obtain account balances. By utilizing this approach for delinquent collections, the Town no longer has to expend timely paid tax revenues to collect delinquent taxes, and instead the delinquent taxpayers are essentially paying for delinquent tax collections.

*Delinquent Property Tax Alert

-Taxes unpaid after December 31, 2017 accrue interest at a rate of 1% per month, until paid (La. R.S. 47:2127).

-Taxes that remain unpaid after January 31, 2018 accrue a collection cost of $112.50 on April 2, 2018 (La. R.S. 33:2841.1). 

-Taxes that remain unpaid after April 30, 2018 will continue to accrue additional costs each month for certified Notice(s) of Tax Sale and advertisements for sale (La. R.S. 47:2153) until the online tax sale is held July 17, 2018.

-If your property is sold at tax sale, you are subject to lose your homestead exemption. Property sold at tax sale may be redeemed up to three years from the date of recordation. A 5% penalty and 1% interest per month will apply. You must contact the Town of Benton to redeem your property (La. R.S. 47:2243).

The State of Louisiana
Department of Environmental Quality

has issued guidelines on any outdoor burning activities.

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The Town of Benton has adopted a moratorium prohibiting manufactured homes being moved inside the town limits except in a Mobile Home Park. This is for a six month period until zoning procedures are in place. If you have question concerning this please contact the Benton Parish MPC at 318-741-8825 


Benton is a dynamic community that is well positioned for the future. As we develop the vision for Benton’s future, we celebrate its past, and embrace the present. We understand that our decisions today will have a lasting impact on tomorrow and so each decision that impacts the community must be carefully considered. The Town Officials, staff, and various commissions, boards and committees are working diligently to provide residents and future generations an outstanding quality of life.

 

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