Judge orders Livingston Sheriff's Office to refund tax money

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 8:49am

DENHAM SPRINGS, La (WVLA)--A judge has ordered the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office to refund hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax money.

The money comes from a 2005 tax for the parish council on aging.  The sheriff's office is charged with collecting the tax.

For the last five years it has taken a 12% commission, but the council on aging says the commission isn't legal, and it wants the money back.

Local and state auditors agreed.

"We were the only parish collecting the commission," says Sharon Martin, director of the Livingston Council on Aging. "We did some research on the laws and we approached the sheriff's office and told them we want a refund and they felt like they had the law on their side and did not owe us a refund."

The sheriff's office plans to file an appeal. The amount of money they're dealing with is almost $400,000.

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