Over half of San Diego landowners haven’t paid property taxes

SAN DIEGO – More than half of the San Diego region’s landowners haven’t paid the second installment of their property taxes, which are due April 10, county Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said today.

So far, 46 percent of county taxpayers have ponied up for their property tax bills, he said.

McAllister said he expects the more than 980,000 2012-13 property tax bills to generate $4.56 billion in revenue.

Around 529,000 installments haven’t been paid, amounting to about $1.44 billion, he said.

”Our branch offices are all ready to serve our taxpayers,” McAllister said. ”As a reminder, we will accept checks and money orders at all offices. Downtown San Diego is the only office that will accept cash.”

In-person payments can be made at county offices at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 162, in downtown San Diego; 590 Third Ave., Chula Vista; 200 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon; 9225 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Kearny Mesa; and 141 E. Carmel St., San Marcos.

Payments can also be made online at sdtreastax.com or by phone at (855) 829-3773.

25 Responses to "Over half of San Diego landowners haven’t paid property taxes"

  1. Me   April 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    There should be no such thing as property taxes.

    Once you pay for your home…it should be yours…period. With no chance of the government taking it for any reason.

  2. Fallbrook resident   April 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I remember the first time I didn’t pay taxes.

  3. @me   April 3, 2013 at 8:02 am

    We pay property taxes because most LOCAL governments do not have an income tax. The taxes you pay to the IRS go to the Federal government. Sales Taxes and State Income Taxes go to the State government and Property Taxes go to the Local governments.

  4. Pink   April 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I absolutely agree with Me on this one!! (did hell just freeze over?) unfortunately there is no way we will ever get the bureaucracy to change their policies on this one. Prop 13 saved an awful lot of homes in California. We need another Proposition to save the rest!!

  5. Lee   April 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Me #1, I could not agree more! How does another entity, in this case the government, have the right to tax an owner of something AFTER the owner already owns it?! How? Can somebody once and for all explain that one to me, please?

  6. FDA   April 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    If you own a boat, they charge you property tax on it, too!

  7. For a Free America   April 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    A long, long time ago, taxes and fees were assessed based on "fair share" to pay for community needs. At that time, "fair share" was defined as being directly related to an individuals benefits from those community services provided. Gas tax is still like that today. The people that drive the most, use the most gas and pay the most taxes to support the road system. Now a days, politicians have convinced the voters to use the Karl Marx definition of "fair share"; "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need". Property tax is like that. Read the communist manifesto and see if you don’t agree that the ideals in it are being well embraced in this country today.

  8. @fda   April 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm


  9. Me   April 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    @Me… Oh really? Thanks Captain….

  10. BonsallGayGuy   April 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    re: #8. I’m sorry but FDA is correct.

    From the San Diego Treasurer-Tax Collector website stating that the office

    "Collects approximately $150 million in unsecured personal property taxes (business property, boats and airplanes). "


  11. Fallbrook Mama   April 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    They don’t get their check until the due date….I make sure it is postmarked on the 10th. Greedy buggers don’t get it a minute sooner than it is required~!

  12. Pink   April 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    You are absolutely wrong Comment#8. FDA is 100% correct. The county does collect taxes on property such as boats.

  13. grunt   April 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I also hate paying taxes, however, where and when I was born my county did not have property tax, we had to pay a "bond" to ensure the fire department came – if they did, they figured the fair value of the cost deducted that and we had to post another bond if we wanted them again. That said, the rates need to be reasonable! Which means the government needs/must limit spending.

  14. Me   April 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Lee….try owning a business. The county taxes you EVERY year for your inventory, your cleaning supplies, even your fixtures…like air conditioners, carpeting, bar stools & chairs….EVERYTHING. It’s called "Unsecured Property Tax."

  15. justwondering   April 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Agree with Fallbrook mama..send it the day its due.Why should home owners(buyers) be taxed on a purchase they have been paying for..some of us for over 20 years??

  16. I gladly pay:)   April 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I have proudly paid my property tax for the last 36 years. I see this as an investment in our community to help make it a better place to live. Many of us complain about paying taxes, but want more police officers, more fire fighters, better roads, and more help when a disaster hits. It’s the cost of living in America, and I love it and fly its colors proudly.

  17. Me   April 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    @I gladly pay 🙂

    Well aren’t you special?

  18. Pink   April 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I wouldn’t mind paying the taxes if we actually received something in return. It seems to me, that with the amount of money we have paid over the years, that we have already paid for schools, road maintenance and fire and polices services into the next mulinium.

  19. Reality Monger   April 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    The county can asses a tax on your boat only if it has a berthing (place to sleep), a head (potty) and a place to cook.

  20. Me   April 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Wrong Reality Monger.

    I had an 18′ Bayliner, with no head, no place to cook, and kept it at home….I was assessed by the county every year I owned her.

  21. Pink   April 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Sorry, reality monger is wrong, wrong, wrong. Me is right. My daughter and son in law had to prove they moved their small speed boat out of state before the county would stop taxing them, they even tried to put a lien on it, although it wasn’t here anymore!!

  22. Reality Checker   April 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Fact is, the gubbmint would tax the air we breath if they could figure out a way to do it……oh wait. They already have. It had something to do with carbon credits and air pollution crossing state lines i think…..

  23. Boat owner   April 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Sorry folks, you’re wrong. We have a Tahoe Q4SF and we pay property tax on it every year to the San Diego County Tax Assesor. Its birthing place is my garage, that I pay property tax on, it has no head, and no place to cook. This is why so many people try to register their boats in Arizona. Do some research before you make yourself look like an @$$.

  24. Me   April 6, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Wow Pink…we agree on TWO things…….hell definitely is going to freeze over. 🙂

  25. Preston   April 7, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Little by little we have given our government the right to tax us by the way we vote. It is never enough, corruption and waist whittle it down and our desires encourage them. We have given them the right to tax things like boats (called personal property tax) because the majority do not own boats so the voters say yes to taxing the wealthy on these items. Government is a money consuming machine and unless We The People demand different they will come up with another way to get more from you because they have no place else to get it from.
    Property taxes in California are one of the most unfair tax structures because they are based on the amount paid for the property and therefore neighbors in similar homes have radically different tax bills but receive the same Government service. We allowed this and we could change it if we wanted to do more than just complain.


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