Vernon Parish residents could see taxes go up next year

By By Lauren Manary / American Press

Vernon Parish residents could see their taxes go up next year if the increase in the region’s taxable value is any indication.

Parish assessors conducted a report Sept. 2-16 to determine the property tax assessment for this year. The parish saw its

taxable value skyrocket this year, adding more than $11 million to it property tax assessment from last year.

According to the parish assessor, Vernon Parish has swelled in value from last year’s count — $127 million — to this year’s

whopping $139,543,000.

James Johnson, an assessor for the parish, told police jurors at their Monday meeting that much of the increase in 2013 can

be attributed to new oil business.

“This will be bringing in a few more

dollars for the sheriff, school board, etc.,” Johnson said. “We don’t

anticipate it changing

much in the near future.”

The Police Jury accepted and certified the property tax assessment for the year and issued a quietus for 2013 collection to

the parish tax collector.