Less than half of the landowners in San Diego County have paid the first installment of their 2012-13 property taxes, which are due Monday, Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said Wednesday.
Of the 980,654 bills sent to property owners in September, around 513,000 remain unpaid—about 53 percent, McAllister said.
"We are encouraging our taxpayers to pay online, by phone, by mail or at any of our four convenient branch locations," McAllister said. "Parking is limited at the County Administration Building, and for the first time, we will accept ready to drop off check payments curbside at the west end of the north parking lot beginning on Thursday."
The county building's south parking lot is closed for construction of a new waterfront park.
McAllister suggested that property owners avoid the hassle of the downtown project and make payments at one of the branch offices, which will offer extended hours on the due date, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The offices are located in:
- El Cajon, 200 S. Magnolia St.
- Chula Vista, 590 Third Ave.
- Kearny Mesa, 9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
- San Marcos, 141 E. Carmel St.
The branch offices do not accept cash payments. Cash is accepted at the County Administration Center. Property taxes are due Dec. 10.
McAllister said the county expects a haul of $4.6 billion from property taxes this year.
—City News Service