Paying property taxes does not have to be a check writing drudgery any more as Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes.

It's hard to imagine the many ways we can thank our sheriff for his concern for our lifestyles and convenience. You can pay your taxes online without standing in a line and at the time of your own choosing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click here for the CPSO website, and mouse on over to the right to the big green dollar sign link with the words Pay Taxes. From there you can whip out your Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express to contribute your fair share to the operation and maintenance of the parish.

If you're like the elderly lady in front of me Saturday at the grocery store and insist on paying in person via check the old fashioned way, you can do that, or use a money order or cashiers check and pay in person. The payment offices are listed at the website here.