December 01, 2020  |  10:24 am

St. Tammany residents are seeing their annual property tax bills arrive in the mail this week.  For some homeowners with a mortgage, payment of the bill will be handled automatically through their mortgage company.  For others, however, payment must be made directly by the individual.  Many of these residents opt to pay in-person at a Sheriff’s Office facility, but renewed Covid-19 restrictions affecting those sites present a unique challenge this year.

In the wake of the state’s return to modified Phase II restrictions, the number of people simultaneously allowed inside public buildings will be limited.  As a result, Sheriff Randy Smith is urging parish residents to utilize alternative payment methods rather than appearing in-person at Sheriff’s Office buildings.

Tax payments can be paid online at using either a personal check or credit card.  Payments by personal check, cashier’s check or money order can also be mailed to the processing center: STPSO Property Tax, P.O. Box 61080, New Orleans, La. 70161.  If mailed, the property’s assessment number, which can be found on the bill, should be written on the check or money order.

“The unfortunate reality is that it will be extremely difficult to accommodate the usual long lines of residents paying their tax bills,” Sheriff Smith said.  “By using one of these alternate payment methods instead of attempting to pay in-person, our residents can avoid a potentially frustrating experience,” Smith added.

As a reminder, property tax bills are due by the end of the year.  Online payments must be made by December 31, and mailed payments must be postmarked by then, to avoid penalties and interest.

This year, the St. Tammany Parish Assessor re-assessed all properties parish-wide.  If residents are concerned about any changes with their tax bill, they should contact the Assessor’s Office at 985-809-8180.