A home in the Spanish eclectic style. Photo by Dennis Mayer / Houzz

San Diego County property owners who are late on their taxes still collectively owe nearly $93 million and must pay by the end of the month to avoid further penalties, the county treasurer announced Thursday.

“More than 98 percent of our taxpayers have already stepped up to pay on time,” Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said. “For the small minority who haven’t, we want to remind them to pay now or pay more later.”

Almost 37,000 property owners have not paid one or both of their 2016-2017 property tax installments, accounting for $92,951,792 in property taxes still owed.

Delinquent taxpayers already have incurred a 10 percent late fee on each unpaid installment, and if they don’t pay by June 30, they’ll accrue an extra 1.5 percent penalty per month, or 18 percent per year.

This year, the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office sent four percent fewer delinquent notices than last year — 36,826 in 2017, compared with 38,343 in 2016 — but a million more dollars are owed this year compared with the same time in 2016, when late property owners owed $91,951,468.

Payments must be made or postmarked by June 30 to avoid the extra penalty.

–City News Service

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