San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister outside the County Administration Building downtown. County photo

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded homeowners Friday that the due date for the first installment of property taxes is less than a week away on Dec. 10.

Property owners must pay their bills by mail, online at sdttc.com, or in person at one of five locations to avoid a 10% penalty.

“The best way to avoid late penalties is to go to our website now and pay property taxes,” said McAllister. “There’s no fee to use an e-check online, and you will get an immediate receipt that you wouldn’t receive paying by mail.”

Taxpayers across San Diego County owe nearly $3.5 billion for the first installment of their 2019-2020 property tax bills. So far, more than $2 billion has been paid, but $1.5 billion is still to be collected.

Mcallister also called attention to the county passing the milestone of 1 million properties this year.

“Since the recession, we’ve seen the rate of building slow considerably, but last year, the county added 2,731 properties. That was enough to push us over the 1 million mark,” he said.

Property taxes fund schools, libraries and other services provided by local cities and the county. A complete breakdown of the tax allocation is available online.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.