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HOW MUCH ARE MY PROPERTY TAXES?
Each customer will have to provide account information to answer this question. Call the Tax Office at (318) 449-5660.
CAN PROPERTY BE SOLD AFTER NON-PAYMENT OF TAXES FOR ONE YEAR...WHY?
Yes. The property owner has until December 31st of the year for which the tax is due to pay with no interest or cost attached. January 1st of the next year the taxes are considered delinquent.
IS IT LEGAL TO ADD GRASS CUTTING AND DEMOLITION COSTS TO THE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
"Yes"...If a property owner is billed for any such charges, they can be added to the tax notice to be paid along with the taxes.
HOW DO I GET GRASS CUTTING AND/OR DEMOLITION CHARGES ADJUSTED OFF OF MY PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
Grass Cutting: Contact Code Enforcement or the Tax Office. Demolition: Contact Code Enforcement or Tax Office to set up a payment agreement.
WHY DID MY PROPERTY TAXES INCREASE?
There could be an increase in the assessed value of the property or an increase in the tax rate. The answer depends on what the account information provides. You need to contact the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office.
DOES HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLY TO CITY PROPERTY TAXES?
"No"... Homestead exemption is not applicable for city property taxes. Therefore, you will still receive a tax bill from the City of Pineville. The homestead exemption only affects a home owner's parish property taxes. City taxes are always due.
HOW MAY I PAY MY UTILITY BILL?
You may choose to mail in your payment, pay in person, by phone or use our convenient drop box located at the drive thru window.. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard.
DOES THE PARISH COLLECT PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE CITY?
"No"...The city and the Parish are two seperate taxing authorities.
WHO DO I CONTACT CONCERNING MY HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION STATUS?
The Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318) 448-8511.
IF I OWE BACK TAXES ON MY PROPERTY, HOW DO I BRING THEM CURRENT?
If you owe city taxes, call the City of Pineville Tax Department at (318)449-5660 for a redemption amount. If you owe parish taxes, call the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office at (318)473-6741 for a redemption amount.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO REDEEM MY PROPERTY?
You will have three years from the date of the Tax Collector's Deed or date Adjudication Deed is filed.
HOW CAN I PURCHASE PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY OF PINEVILLE?
Presently, we are not selling any property that has been adjudicated to the city. However, depending on how long the property has been adjudicated, we may be able to refer someone interested.
TAXBUYER'S QUESTION: NOW THAT I'VE PURCHASED PROPERTY AT THE TAX SALE (a) CAN I RENT THE BUILDING OR HOME? (b) IF THE PROPERTY NEEDS WORK...FOR INSTANCE, CUTTING GRASS, BOARDING UP THE HOME/BUILDING, AND CLEANING UP THE PROPERTY, ARE THERE CERTAIN PROCEDURES?
(a) "No"...Certain legal procedures must be followed in order to take full possession of the property prior to expiration of the three-year redemption period. (b) "Yes"...Circumstantially. Contact the Code Enforcement Department for details.
HOW DO I FIND PROPERTY OWNERSHIP INFORMATION?
You can either contact The Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318)448-8511 or go to the parish courthouse and view the public terminals.
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE ASSESSED VALUE OF A PROPERTY?
For this information, you should contact the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office at (318)448-8511.
NEW PROPERTY OWNER'S QUESTION: AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE REDEMPTION AMOUNT IF THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD IN A TAX SALE, OR IS THE PREVIOUS OWNER RESPONSIBLE?
"Yes"...You are responsible for the taxes. However, in situations such as this, we advise that you contact the party responsible for the closing of the sale to see if the money was set aside in an escrow account from you and the previous owner to pay the taxes.
WHERE DO I SUBMIT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO RECEIVE PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
Change of address notifications are made through the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor's Office.
IF MY PROPERTY TAXES WERE PAID TWICE; BY MYSELF AND MY MORTGAGE COMPANY, WHO WILL BE REFUNDED?
The property owner will receive the refund and we will apply the mortgage company's payment to the account.
WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR A PROPERTY TAX SALE?
After all the efforts have been made to collect current taxes, we hold a tax sale in the City Council Chamber at 910 Main St. The prospective tax buyers sign in and are seated before the sale begins.
WHO MAY SUE IN PINEVILLE CITY COURT?
Any individual acting in his/her own behalf who is 18 years of age or older may sue in Pineville City Court. The person who files the suit is called the "PLAINTIFF". A minor may sue only through a parent or guardian.
I PURCHASED A PROPERTY THIS YEAR, WHY DID I NOT RECEIVE A TAX NOTICE IN NOVEMBER?
If you have purchased the property after April 1st, the property will remain in the previous owner's name on current year tax roll. We have no way of knowing this property was sold to someone else at this time. As the new owner, you will be responsible for checking with the Pineville Tax Office or the Rapides Parish Tax Assessor to see if any taxes are owed on your property. You will also be responsible for paying the entire tax bill.
WHAT KIND OF SUITS MAY BE FILED IN THE PINEVILLE CITY COURT?
Suits which may properly be filed in the Pineville City Court include suits on open accounts, promissory notes, evictions, contractual disputes, and actions for money damages based on injury caused by another person.
WHO MAY BE SUED IN PINEVILLE CITY COURT?
The person or company being sued may be an individual, a sole proprietor, a partnership, a corporation or an incorporated association such as a club or association. The person being sued is called the "DEFENDANT". In some cases there may be more than one defendant. It is important that you properly identify and sue the person or company who has caused you damage or injury.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO FILE A SUIT IN THE PINEVILLE CITY COURT?
You file a suit in the Clerk's Office, located at the front window inside of the Pineville City Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 904 Main Street.
HOW DO YOU BEGIN A LAWSUIT?
The documents that comprise a lawsuit are called "pleadings". The Clerk's Office has standard "fill-in-the-blank" forms already prepared for certain types of lawsuits. The Clerk can provide you with a form, if appropriate, for your lawsuit. If the Clerk does not have the appropriate forms, it may be necessary for you to hire a lawyer to prepare the pleadings for you. THE CLERK'S OFFICE PERSONNEL CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR PREPARE PLEADINGS FOR YOU.
FOR HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I SUE?
Sue for the sum of money which represents your loss or the damage caused you. For example, if the washing machine you just bought for $400.00 does not work and the store refuses to repair it or refund your money, sue for $400.00 plus court costs and judicial interest.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE A LAWSUIT?
After you file suit, the Clerk's Office will prepare a "citation" to be served on the defendant along with a copy of your petition. The citation informs the defendant that he/she has been sued and will have ten (10) calendar days (inclusive of holidays) in which to answer.
HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR HEARING?
Since you, as plaintiff, have the burden of proving your case before the Judge at trial, you should bring with you any important documents related to your case. These may include canceled checks, receipts, bills, correspondence, messages, contracts, leases, accident reports, and anything else that may be used as evidence to support your claim.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO THE DAY OF THE HEARING?
Arrive early and bring all court papers with you. If you are the party suing and arrive late, or do not appear at all, your case may be DISMISSED. If you are the party being sued and arrive late, or do not appear at all, a judgment could be entered against you. In other words, YOU MAY LOSE WITHOUT A HEARING.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE HEARING?
If the Judge decides that you win, he may award you only part of the money you requested or whatever amount of damages he thinks you have proven. The judgment of the Court becomes a binding legal obligation after it is signed, unless one of the parties requests a new trial within three (3) days after the judgment. However, a judgment merely establishes that the defendant owes you money. IT DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU WILL BE PAID.
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