Property owners who have their taxes escrowed are asked to forward a copy of the tax notice to the mortgage holder.
The tax department announcement noted these important dates:
—Dec. 31. Taxes are delinquent if unpaid after this date.
—Jan. 1, 2013. One percent interest accrues on any unpaid taxes.
—Feb. 1, 2013. Additional 1 percent interest and 10 percent collection fee, taxes and interest, are added.
—March-April 2013. Additional 1 percent interest per month accrues and collection fees also increase. Additional costs for certified notices and advertisements begin.
—May 2013. Tax title sale is held.
Payments can be made by mailing a check or money order along with the payment coupon to P.O. Box 610, Patterson, LA 70392. Payments can also be made from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at either the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office located in the Courthouse Building, 4th Floor, Franklin, or the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Branch Office at 1455 Railroad Ave, Morgan City.
Property owners who do not receive a tax notice within the next week or two should contact the Sheriff’s Office Tax Department at 337-828-6979 or 985-384-1622 to request a copy.