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

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded residents Thursday that they have 10 days to pay overdue property tax bills before they default.

Property taxes are collected in two installments, due in December and April. Although the county has collected 99.3% of December installments and 98.4% of April installments, property owners still owe roughly $74 million. Those overdue, unpaid bills have already accrued a 10% penalty, according to McAllister.

“Most San Diegans step up to pay their taxes in a timely manner,” he said. “In July, we’ll send out defaulted property tax bills, and that’s a bill no one wants to get.”

McAllister’s office sent out more than 36,000 notices last month to property owners who had not yet paid their property taxes in full. Since then, the county has received roughly $35 million in taxes and late fees.

Property owners can pay their tax bills at sdttc.com, the Treasurer- Tax Collector’s website. Payments must be made before 11:59 p.m. on June 30, but property owners are advised to do so well in advance to ensure payments are made on time.

“Defaulted bills will be charged an extra 1.5% per month after June 30,” McAllister said. “That’s an 18% penalty after a year. We want to encourage everyone who hasn’t paid to do so and save themselves some pain.”

–City News Service