San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. Image from county video

More than 25,000 property taxpayers are in default, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Thursday.

“In June, we sent 33,000 reminder notices to give late taxpayers one last chance to pay before the default deadline. Still, this week, we had to send 25,299 defaulted bills — 2,787 more than last year,” he said. “Nevertheless, our property tax collection rate was 99.2 percent, which is one of the highest in the state. This shows that the majority of San Diego property owners pay what they owe and pay on time.”

The total amount of defaulted taxes due this year is $105 million, compared to $101 million last year.

All past-due taxes went into default on July 1. A bill incurs a 1.5 percent penalty each unpaid month, adding up to 18 percent per year.

Payments can be made immediately at

–City News Service

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