Owe taxes in St. Tammany? Your property could be 'sold' Monday (copy)

Bidders seeking properties are pictured at a St. Tammany sheriff's tax sale in 2007. The bidding process is done online now, with the annual sale scheduled for July 10. A complete list of delinquent properties will be published in the St. Tammany Farmer on June 7 and again July 5, in advance of the sale. Those on the list are encouraged to pay their taxes prior to the scheduled sale on July 10.

The annual St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office tax sale is July 10, and the Sheriff's Office has advertised the list of delinquent properties in the June 7 edition of The St. Tammany Farmer.

The list also has been posted online, under “Public Notices,” on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office website.

The public notices include roughly 2,000 properties with taxes due to the parish and the municipalities of Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Pearl River, Abita Springs and Madisonville.

Louisiana law requires  the Sheriff's Office to have two public notices of properties still delinquent for the 2022 tax year. A second, updated notice will be published July 5 in The St. Tammany Farmer, as well.  The list on the Sheriff's Office website, www.stpso.com, will be updated the same day.

Property tax bills for 2022 were mailed Nov. 28. Delinquent notices were sent on Feb. 3, and again on May 8.

The Sheriff's Office has contracted with SRI Inc. to use its online tax sale platform. The sale will take place at www.zeusauction.com from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 10. 

Those interested in participating in the sale will be required to create an account on the website and register for the St. Tammany Parish sale. Registration will open at 8 a.m. June 7 and close at 4 p.m. July 5. Registrants will have access to a Louisiana-specific practice sale to become familiar with the features of the program. For more information with this process, call SRI at (800) 800-9588.

Property owners can settle delinquent tax bills before the sale. Delinquent taxpayers are encouraged to make their payments by noon on July 6 so payments can be recorded, and those properties removed from the website before the sale begins.

Property tax payments can be made between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington, or at the Sheriff's Office administrative complex at 300 Brownswitch Road in Slidell. Payments made in person can be done by certified check, cash, money order or credit card (a 2.5% convenience fee will be added to credit card transactions). Payments also can be made online, via credit card, at htsecure.stpsopayments.com.

The tax sale process completes the annual property tax collection cycle. The sale is not of the structure or land itself, but of a tax title, which places a lien against the delinquent property.

Tax sale buyers pay the tax that is due, interest and other costs incurred in the collection process.

Owners of properties that sell at a tax sale have a three-year period during which they can redeem their property by paying all amounts owed at the time of redemption. The amounts collected are then used to reimburse the tax sale buyer.

For additional information on taxes owed or the tax sale process, call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Tax Department at (985) 809-8217.

Email Andrew Canulette at acanulette@sttammanyfarmer.net