June 17, 2020  |  09:16 am

In anticipation of its annual tax sale on July 27 and 28, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is advertising the list of delinquent property taxpayers in the June 24 edition of The St. Tammany Farmer.

The public notices include roughly 2,000 listings of 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 2019 tax year.  A second updated notice will be published July 22.

Property tax bills for 2019 were mailed Nov. 8, 2019.  Delinquent notices went sent on Feb. 12 and June 4 of 2020.

In deference to social distancing measures relating to COVID-19, the STPSO will avoid crowding a courtroom with tax sale buyers and instead conduct its property tax sale online.  The STPSO has contracted with SRI, Inc. to utilize its online tax sale platform.  The sale will take place at www.zeusauction.com, beginning at 8 a.m. on July 27 and closing at 5 p.m. on July 28.  

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 July 6 at 8 a.m. and close July 24 at 3 p.m.  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 24 so payments can be recorded and those properties removed from the website before the Monday 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 at (985) 809-8217.