LIVINGSTON – More than 200 parish property tax notices were returned as “undeliverable mail,” an event which has kept employees from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the United States Postal Service busy trying to find correct addresses.
The undeliverable notices all came from a stretch of La. 447, south of Interstate 12 and extending to an area near Port Vincent, LPSO spokeswoman Lori Steele said. The LPSO mailed 57,420 notices across the parish as first-class mail Nov. 20.
The undeliverable notices all mailed from the Denham Springs location of the United States Post Office.
Many of the residents have lived at those addresses for decades, with the same post office address and same mailbox, Steele said.
The sheriff’s office has encountered the problem in the same area every year since the August 2016 flood. Deputies in the Livingston Parish Tax Collector’s Office – a branch of the LPSO – have tried in previous years to alleviate the problem on their own, but to little avail.
“We don’t know where the glitch is,” she said. “All the information is the same on our end, so we went to the postal service, and they said they will investigate it and make sure it gets where it needs to be.”
LPSO decided this year to seek the assistance of the U.S. Postal Service so they will not encounter the same problem next year, Steele said.
“We’ve talked with the postal service and they’re aware that this has been a problem since the flood,” she said. “They’ve sent someone to pick up those notices told us they will take care of it and will take care of the problems.”
Officials from the Denham Springs Post Office could not be reached for comment Friday morning.
Residents who have not received their tax notice can log on to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.lpso.org and click on the “Taxes/Sales/Fines” tab to search and pay property taxes. In addition, residents can call LPSO at (225) 686-2241 during business hours for assistance.