St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith today released the statistics from the 2018 property tax sale, which was held Monday, July 29, 2019 at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center.
A total of 967 properties were scheduled for the sale due to unpaid property taxes.
During the sale, which was held in the misdemeanor courtroom, 728 properties were successfully auctioned. Another 239 properties were adjudicated to the parish. This means that no buyer placed a bid on the property, and the parish assumes the tax lien against the property until redeemed.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Tax Division collected approximately $1.19 million through the sale. These funds do not go to the Sheriff’s Office. They will be distributed to the parish’s various taxing entities in proportion to their respective tax millage rates.
Registration was open to anyone interested in bidding on the properties being auctioned, and 235 individuals registered as potential buyers for this year’s sale.
When a buyer bids on, and “purchases” a property at the sale, what they are really buying is the tax debt. For example, if there is an outstanding tax bill of $200 on a property, the buyer pays that amount (plus certain fees and penalties). When the original property owner eventually redeems their property, the buyer is refunded their $200 investment with interest (plus any fees/penalties). Only after a sale remains unredeemed for years can a buyer apply to receive full title to the property.