The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is preparing once again to mail out the annual ad valorem tax notices to all property owners of the parish. Over 134,000 bills are expected to be mailed out for the 2014 tax year with a total of approximately $265 million and 70 different millages and parcel fees to be collected and distributed parish-wide.
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 and Pearl River have also been assisted. This year, Madisonville will be added to the list of municipalities with a millage on whose behalf the Sheriff will collect.
By consolidating the collection effort, property owners in these municipalities will receive a single bill encompassing both their parish and municipal taxes.
All 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 will be inserted in the bills this year 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.
Working closely with the Assessor’s Office, the Sheriff hopes to get bills out as early as possible to give property owners ample time to make arrangements for their annual payment. Those whose tax payments are escrowed through their mortgage company should promptly relay their bill to that company to ensure timely and accurate payment. Bills are expected to be mailed near Thanksgiving and will be due by December 31st.