June 22, 2022  |  09:44 am

In anticipation of its annual tax sale on Aug. 1, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will advertise the list of delinquent properties in the June 29th edition of The St. Tammany Farmer.

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

The public notices include roughly 1,450 properties with taxes due to the parish and the municipalities of Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Pearl River, Abita Springs and Madisonville.  In accordance with L.R.S. 47:2153, this is the first of two public notices of properties still delinquent for the 2021 tax year.  A second updated notice will be published July 29. The list on the STPSO website will be updated on that same day.

Property tax bills for 2021 were mailed Nov. 15, 2021. Delinquent notices were sent on Feb.7, 2022, and again on June 7, 2022.

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. and closing at 4 p.m. on Aug. 1.

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 29 at 8 a.m. and close July 27 at 5 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 28 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.