Bills going out two weeks earlier than normal
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office mailed out the annual ad valorem (property) tax notices today.
All property owners of the parish, should expect to receive their notices in their mailboxes within the next week.
This is approximately two weeks earlier than normal, thanks to the hard work of the men and women in the Assessor’s Office, who completed the tax rolls ahead of schedule this year.
The STPSO Property Tax Division, also worked extra hard to get the bills prepared and mailed off in a timely fashion.
“We work very closely with the Assessor’s Office to get bills out as early as possible to give property owners ample time to make arrangements for their annual payment,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I know money is tight around the holidays for many of our families, and the sooner families get their bills the better they can plan. I thank the Assessor’s Office for doing everything they can to get us the information we need to send the bills out early this year.”
More than 137,430 bills are being mailed out for the 2017 tax year, totaling approximately $297 million. The STPSO will be collecting and distributing 73 different millages and parcel fees for taxing agencies across St. Tammany.
By law, the sheriff of each parish in Louisiana is the collector of ad valorem/property taxes for unincorporated areas of their parish. In St. Tammany, the Sheriff’s Office also collects these taxes for municipalities under separate contract. Slidell, Mandeville and Covington’s taxes have been collected by the Sheriff for over a decade, and in recent years the towns of Abita Springs, Pearl River and Madisonville have been added.
By consolidating the collection effort, property owners in these municipalities will receive a single bill encompassing both their parish and municipal taxes.
Property owners can pay their bills online 24/7 thru the Sheriff’s payment website, www.stpsopayments.com, which accepts both bank drafts and credit card payments. A flyer has been inserted in the bills, providing step-by-step instruction for how to pay your bill online and print your receipt. Payments can also still be mailed in or walked in to the Sheriff’s Office locations at their Administrative Office on Brownswitch Road in Slidell or at the Justice Center in Covington.