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Finance and Technology Division
The mission of the finance division is to safeguard the assets of the Sheriff's Office through proper accounting procedures, good internal controls, and the use of well qualified and trained staff. The office is responsible for managing a budget in excess of forty five million dollars annually and manages a payroll for approximately 750 full and part time employees/deputies. The finance department makes use of the latest technology in software to properly manage the accounts of the Sheriff. The Sheriff's Office is one of very few Sheriff's in the state to implement a computerized time and attendance system which automates the timekeeping function.
The Information Technology Department has the responsibility of strategic planning for all of the technology initiatives of the Sheriff's Office. The department is tasked with taking the technology concepts spelled out by the Sheriff, and through the acquisition of hardware and software, helping to turn those ideas into useable systems which help deputies perform their responsibilities better and more efficiently. IT also manages the day to day operations of the Sheriff's network and other systems.
The department of Risk Management works closely with the training staff to better inform the deputies of Lafayette Parish of the importance of working safely and always following stated procedures and guidelines, in an effort to reduce accidents in the workplace as well as in the performance of duty. Over time, these initiatives create a better, safer work environment as well as reduce the exposure to liability issues, both of which can be very costly.
The Tax Division for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office mails out approximately 80,000 property tax notices every year in November. The deadline for payment of property taxes without penalty is December 31st each year.
In 2004, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office partnered with the City of Carencro and the Town of Youngsville to merge tax collection efforts and in 2008 expanded this service to include the City of Scott and the Town of Duson. Tax bills for these government agencies are now combined to include both local and parish taxes so that citizens can prepare one payment for submittal. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office sends out the tax bills, collects the payments, and then disburses the funds to the appropriate local government. This partnership lessens the burden for the smaller towns and creates a simpler method of payment for citizens. Taxes may be paid by cash, personal check, or by credit card and can now be paid online.
Tax Collection Department can be reached by calling 337-236-5880.
The Finance Division also manages the daily operations of the Civil administrative function. This department is responsible for processing criminal subpoenas, civil subpoenas, handles all functions related to sales and seizures of property in the parish, and works with employers to administer garnishments ordered by the courts.
Civil Department can be reached by calling 337-236-5820.