Posted: Apr 29, 2013 4:36 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 6:54 PM
PORT ALLEN - An unexpected name made the list of deliquent taxpayers in West Baton Rouge Parish recently.
Port Allen City Attorney Victor Woods Jr. owes more than $430 for a property located on West Main Street in Brusly, according to tax collector Mike Wiemer. The property is nestled behind trees on a quiet street there.
"I've been doing this for 26 years, and it's basically the same people every year," said Mike Weimer, tax collector and chief civil deputy.
News 2 has learned only 192 property owners were deliquent in paying their taxes from last year in West Baton Rouge Parish. The tax collector said 9,968 tax bills were sent out across the parish. Weimer said it makes his job unnecessarily difficult when he has to chase down people who won't pay.
"I would like to have everyone pay to make our jobs easier, unfortunately, it just doesn't work that way." Weimer said.
The property in question lists Victor Woods Jr. "etals" as the owner of the property. According to the tax collector, "etals" refers to heirs or siblings. However, Woods Jr. is responsible since his name appears on the property, according to Weimer.
As efforts are underway to make people pay, parish leaders are exploring all of their options to get people to pay up.
"It needs to be paid by the 29th of May," Weimer said. "That is the last Wednesday of May. If not, we will hold a tax sale at 10 in the morning."
We reached out to Victor Woods Jr. at his home and by phone. We did not hear back by news time.