June 16, 2021  |  12:38 pm

In anticipation of its annual tax sale on July 19, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is advertising the list of delinquent properties in today’s (June 16) edition of The St. Tammany Farmer.

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

The public notices include approximately 1,200 properties with taxes due to the parish and the municipalities of Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Pearl River, Abita Springs and Madisonville.  In accordance with LA R.S. 47:2153, this is the first of two public notices of properties still delinquent for the 2020 tax year.  A second updated notice will be published July 14. The list on the STPSO website will be updated on that same day.

Property tax bills for 2020 were mailed November 23, 2020. Delinquent notices were sent on February 8, 2021, and May 10, 2021.

As was the case in 2020, the STPSO will avoid crowding a courtroom with tax sale buyers and instead conduct its property tax sale online. SRI, Inc. will again assist the STPSO for this year’s sale, utilizing its online tax sale platform, which can be accessed at www.zeusauction.com, beginning at 8 a.m. and closing at 4 pm. on July 19.

Those interested in participating in the sale will be required to create an account on the website and to register for the St. Tammany Parish sale. Registration will open on June 28 at 8 a.m. and close July 15 at noon.  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, SRI can be reached at (800) 800-9588.

Delinquent taxpayers are strongly encouraged to make their payments by noon on July 16 so payments can be recorded and those properties removed from the website before the sale begins.

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 property that sell at tax sale have a three-year period during which they can redeem their property with the STPSO 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.