Tax collector sending out default notices

City News Service

Nearly 31,000 default notices are about to be sent to land owners who failed to pay part or all of their 2010-11 property taxes, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Friday.

“We have 30,638 taxpayers that have tax payments in default,’' McAllister said. “The total amount due on these accounts is $206,505,796.’'

The notices will include a bill with a 10 percent penalty, with an additional 1.5 percent per month additional charge if the owner still does not pay up. If the property remains in default for five years, the county is allowed to sell the land and keep the proceeds.

The county sends out around 980,000 property tax bills annually, and expected to collect $4.445 billion in the last fiscal year.

“We are mailing 9,000 fewer default notices than last year, which is a positive indication that our economy may be improving,’' McAllister said.

Two months ago, he announced that more than 38,000 property owners had yet to pay their taxes, but around 7,700 ponied up before the June 30 deadline.

The bills can be paid at offices at the County Administration Center, Kearny Mesa, Chula Vista, El Cajon or San Marcos. Payments can also be made over the telephone at (877) 829-4732, or online at