San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister. Photo via sdtreastax.com

Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded San Diego County landowners Thursday to make sure they pay the first installment of their property taxes by Dec. 12, or face a 10 percent penalty.

Payments are due two days later than usual since the normal date of Dec. 10 falls on a Saturday.

McAllister’s office mailed out more than 989,000 bills in September, which are expected to generate $5.66 billion in revenue for the county.

That’s up from $5.37 billion last year.

McAllister said that 21 percent of taxpayers have paid the first installment so far, and 6 percent have paid their second, amounting to $758 million collected.

Taxpayers are encouraged to pay by electronic check at sdtreastax.com, which is free. Payments can also be made by credit card over the phone at (855) 829-3773 or online, but a 2.19 percent fee will be added, according to the county.

Property owners can also drop-off payments at any of the Treasurer-Tax Collector offices — in downtown San Diego, Kearny Mesa, Chula Vista, El Cajon or San Marcos. The downtown location is the only one that accepts cash.

The offices will be open with extended hours Dec. 12, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— City News Service

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