County tax collector sends 700 fewer defaulted property bills this year

Dan Mccallister
San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister outside the Downtown County Administration Building. County Photo

San Diego County Treasurer and Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Monday that his office will begin mailing overdue tax bills to property owners who have unpaid property taxes from the previous year.

“We are sending about 700 less defaulted invoices than we sent last year,” McAllister said. “We appreciate the San Diegans for paying what they owe; these taxes fund our public schools, our first responders and other essential services.

The Office of the Treasurer-Tax Collector sent reminder notices to overdue taxpayers in June saying bills would rise. Packages that remained unpaid will receive their unpaid bill within the next week, McAllister said.

“We work hard to notify owners of late fees incurred due to non-payment, warning them along the way that additional penalties are ahead,” he said. “The results of this effort are underscored by our 99.1% collection rate for this fiscal year – one of the highest in the state – which shows that the majority of San Diegan residents take the responsibility of paying seriously. on time.”

Defaulted bills total more than $139 million and the deadline to pay the annual tax bill was June 30.

Starting July 1, each late invoice carries a 1.5% penalty each month it remains unpaid, in addition to the 10% penalty added for each late payment.

Under California state law, the tax collector can sell all or part of properties that have been in default for five years or more. McAllister encouraged taxpayers to make future payments through the free electronic check payment system at

Payments can also be made over the phone at 855-829-3773 or in person at any of the five branches, but the office does not accept cash at any of the branches outside of downtown.

In September, the tax collector’s office sent out more than a million tax bills, which are expected to generate $7.6 billion for the county.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Esther L. Steinbach