DeSoto Parish
Chamber of Commerce

115 North Washington Avenue
Mansfield LA 71052

Ph: (318) 872-1310
Fax: (318) 871-1875


       

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DeSoto Parish at a Glance


DeSoto Parish Climate

Monthly Average Temperature (Fahrenheit)
   January - 51 degrees
   July - 80 degrees


Annual Average Rainfall

   65.56 inches

Geography

The average elevation in DeSoto Parish is 330 feet. The parish area is 877.3 square miles (561,449 acres). To the west, Dallas, Texas is a little over 3 hours (216 miles) away and Houston is just 222 miles away. Atlanta sits 644 miles east of DeSoto Parish. And Bourbon Street is 5 hours away; New Orleans is 314 miles from the parish.

Tax Structure

Property Tax    Throughout the state, land and residences are assessed at 10 percent of fair market value. All other property (i.e., industrial, commercial, personal and public service) is assessed at 15 percent of fair market value. A $75,000 homestead exemption is allowed on residence occupied by the owner.

Sales Tax
DeSoto Parish has a 3.5 percent sales tax. The sales tax is 4 percent statewide, and 1 percent in the municipal range.

DeSoto Parish Sales & Use Tax Commission
211 Crosby Street
P.O. Box 927
Mansfield, LA 71052

Phone (318) 872-3343
Fax (318) 872-5995

Sales and Use Tax Rates

Grand Cane - 4%
Keatchie - 4%
Logansport - 4%
Mansfield - 4%
South Mansfield - 4%
Stonewall - 4 %

Balance of Parish - 3.5%

State Income Tax

Returns are due May 15. The income tax schedule is as follows:
   $0 - $10,000 (2%)
   $10,001 - $40,000 (4%)
   $50,000+ (6%)

Population

YEAR (Est.) 1997* 1990 1980
Parish-Wide 25,406 25,346 25,727
Mansfield 5,486 5,389 6,485
Logansport 1,722 1,390 1,565
Stonewall 1,581 1,266 1,175
South Mansfield 515 407 1,463
Grand Cane 237 233 252
Keatchie 277 277 342
Area Population** 341,887 342,321 353,661

* Estimated July 1, 1997 **Area includes parish and all contiguous parishes