Wow, this sucks. A couple from Slidell, LA lost their home, which had been mortgage free since 1968, over a wayward tax bill of $1.63 (plus $0.10 in interest). The couple didn’t realize they should be expecting a tax bill when this all started because their home’s value had previously been below the states $75, 000 homestead exemption such that they had never had to pay property taxes. But that all changed when their home was re-assessed at $75, 100 in 1996, resulting in the tiny tax bill that was then sent to a rural route address that no longer existed because it had been upgraded to a street address when the local 9-1-1 system was established. The bill was returned undelivered, and the following year their home was sold at the Sherriff’s tax sale. The good news is that, with the help of an anonymous benefactor, they just settled a lawsuit that had kept their home in legal limbo ever since snatched out from under them.
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