Sheriff Mancuso announces methods for paying property taxes

Below is a press release issued by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office that gives information on how residents can pay their property taxes for 2009.

Lake Charles, LA – Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers will be able to pay their 2009 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also see and print their tax bill from the website.

"We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes," says Sheriff Mancuso.  "If you choose to pay online, there will be no lines to stand in and you will be able to pay your taxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Tax Office
Magnolia Life Building
1011 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 100
Lake Charles, LA
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Also a new location has been added for people wanting to pay their taxes in West Calcasieu:

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center
1525 Cypress St.      
Sulphur, LA

Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
(Payment by check or money order only – no cash accepted at this location)

or by mailing their payment to:
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Tax Division
P. O. Box 1450
Lake Charles, LA  70602

To find out how much is due before you mail your payment, go to www.cpso.com or call the tax office at (337) 491-3680.  The Tax Office will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th .

Also for convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector's Office will have a representative to collect the 2009 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME                        LOCATION

Tuesday, December 8             DeQuincy CPSO Law Enforcement
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.            618 E Center St., DeQuincy

Wednesday, December 9        Westlake City Hall 
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.            1001 Mulberry, Westlake

Thursday, December 10          Vinton CPSO Law Enforcement Center
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.            1302 Center St, Vinton

Friday, December 11               Iowa CPSO Law Enforcement Center 
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.            203 Hwy 90 W, Iowa


For information concerning payment of your taxes, please call (337) 491-3680.

For information concerning assessment changes and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (337) 721-3000.

The deadline to make payment for the 2009 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2009.