Livingston sheriff ordered to repay tax take
LIVINGSTON - The state Supreme Court has ruled that the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office can't deduct a commission on the collection of property taxes and will have to repay the Council on Aging.
The Advocate reports the sheriff's office will have to pay back the 12 percent commission it has been taking since 2004.
The sheriff's office also has received fees from property taxes it collects for the Amite River Basin Commission and the Livingston Parish Library Board.
The sheriff's attorney says unless a rehearing is requested and granted, the sheriff is committed to abiding by the court's ruling for all three taxes.
The fees collected by the sheriff for the three agencies totaled $1.1 million as of 2009. Since then, the collection fees have been put in an escrow account.