2011 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 39 — Public finance
RS 39:569 — Levy of taxes
§569. Levy of taxes
A. The governing authority of any subdivision issuing bonds hereunder shall impose and collect annually, in excess of all other taxes, a tax on all property subject to taxation by the subdivision sufficient in amount to pay the interest annually or semiannually and the principal falling due each year, or such amount as may be required, for any sinking fund necessary to retire said bonds at maturity. However, the governing authority of any municipality which has established and is maintaining and supporting its own public schools shall not be required to impose and collect such tax upon property included within any territory annexed to the municipality for the retirement of bonded indebtedness incurred by the municipality for school purposes prior to the annexation of such territory. The tax shall be levied and collected by the same officers, at the same time, and in the same manner as the general taxes of the subdivision.
B. Should any subdivision neglect or fail for any reason to impose or collect sufficient taxes for the payment of the principal or interest of any bonded indebtedness incurred hereunder, any person in interest may enforce imposition and collection thereof in any court having jurisdiction of the subject matter, and any suit, action or proceeding brought by such person in interest shall be a preferred cause, and shall be heard and disposed of without delay.
C. In the event of any default in the imposition and collection of any taxes required for the payment of the principal and interest of any bonded debt of any political subdivision, the taxing officers of the state are authorized and directed to impose and collect the taxes, and shall certify the same, and cause the same to be imposed and collected at the same time and in the same manner as the taxes for state purposes are imposed and collected in the subdivision incurring the debt.
D. If there is any default in the imposition and collection of any tax required for the payment of the principal or interest of any bonded debt of any school district, road, subroad, sewerage or gravity drainage, or sub-drainage district, the governing body and taxing officers of the parishes in which the district is situated shall at the same time and in the same manner as taxes for parish purposes are imposed and collected, impose and collect such tax on the taxable property of the district as shall be necessary for the payment of the defaulted principal and interest on the bonded debt.
E. All the articles and provisions of the constitution, and all the laws in force or that may be hereafter enacted regulating and relating to the collection of state taxes and tax sales shall also apply to and regulate the collection of the special taxes imposed under the provisions of this Chapter, through the officer whose duty it is to collect the taxes and moneys due the subdivision imposing the special taxes.
Amended by Acts 1964, No. 417, §1; Acts 1975, No. 146, §3.
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