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BATON ROUGE- Dozens of people waited in long lines to pay their property taxes before they are due.

The deadline to pay the taxes is December 31.  This year was a reassessment year, so many people noticed increases on their bills.

"We by law have to reasses property every four years," Assessor Brian Wilson said.  "The last reassessment was 2008, so 2012 was a reassessment for this year.  We look at all areas of parish and subdivisions bases on sales, and what the markets are doing."

Wilson said his office has been flooded with calls since the property tax notices went out.  Many people are calling, upset about the new CATS tax.

"They are complaining about the tax itself," Wilson said.  "They are not happy about it.  It was passed in Baton Rouge and Baker, and I know there is a lawsuit contesting it at this time, but when we did the tax rolls it stood."

People in Baton Rouge said they noticed their taxes went up not only from the CATS tax but also the reassessment.

"You have to live in a budget," Joy Womack said.  "Assess everything so it falls out right."

Others were happy to just have their taxes paid, and not have to worry about it until next year.

"Better early than never," Fred Walker said.

If you are late paying your property taxes, the parish can charge interest on the amount you owe.


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