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Delinquent Property Tax Bills To Incur Heavier Penalties

Twenty dollar bills are shown in this photo, Aug. 23, 2017.

Photo by Erik Anderson

Above: Twenty dollar bills are shown in this photo, Aug. 23, 2017.

More than 33,000 property owners have one month to pay their delinquent property taxes before their bills go into default and incur heavier penalties, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Thursday.

McAllister's office will soon begin mailing reminders to property owners who did not pay one or both of their 2017-2018 property tax bills.

The total amount still due is $86,589,830.

"Nearly 99 percent of our taxpayers have already stepped up to pay on time," McAllister said. "We want to remind those who haven't to pay now or pay more later."

Late taxpayers have already incurred a 10 percent late fee on each of their unpaid installments, plus a $10 redemption fee. If those bills remain unpaid after June 30, they will accrue an extra 1.5 percent penalty per month, or 18 percent per year.

Delinquent bills must be paid or postmarked by June 30 to avoid additional penalties. Property owners can pay online at

The tax office sent 10 percent fewer delinquent reminder notices this year compared with last, when 36,826 reminders were mailed and $92,951,792 was owed.

In September, the office mailed a total of 993,821 property tax bills.

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