New law to increase fees on delinquent property tax bills

St. Tammany, La. - In 2012, the Louisiana legislature passed Act 836, mandating additional research and notification requirements related to late property tax bills. The tax collectors in each parish have been tasked with performing these additional duties.

As a result of this new law, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office will now contract a third party to research any and all entities and/or individuals with an "interest" in properties with delinquent property tax bills. A certified notice of the late bill will then have to be sent to those found during the research. An interest in the property could be mortgage companies, tax sale parties, or heirs, for example.

The Sheriff's office will assess an additional $35 research fee to all overdue property tax bills this year to cover these costs mandated by the state. The costs associated with any certified mailings will also be passed on to the property owner.

The Sheriff's office has identified some properties that could accumulate hundreds of dollars in extra fees if the tax bill becomes delinquent.

St. Tammany residents have until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1st to pay their tax bill and avoid these extra fees. Bills become delinquent at 4:30 p.m. that day and these fees will apply even if the bill is paid the following day.

Property tax bills may be paid using one of the following methods:

In person today or Monday: Justice Center - 701 N. Columbia St., Covington - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In person today or Monday: Sheriff's complex - 300 Brownswitch Rd, Slidell - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Online: anytime until 4:30 p.m. Monday

The on-site office locations will be closed on Good Friday!

Any property owner with questions about their bill may call 985-809-8217.