Assemblymember Gloria: County Should Waive Late Fees on Property Tax Payments

Friday, April 10, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Gloria Wants Late Payments of Property Taxes to be Free of Penalty

SAN DIEGO, CA – With today being the deadline for County residents to pay property taxes, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is repeating his call for the County of San Diego to waive penalties for property taxes paid late because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Assemblymember Gloria issued this statement on the matter:

“I strongly urge the County of San Diego to use its authority under state law to waive late fees and penalties for property tax payments paid late because of the Coronavirus pandemic. When thousands of San Diegans have been severely economically impacted due to COVID-19, it is the right thing to do for homeowners. San Diego should join the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Kern, and Imperial in taking this action.

“I want to be clear: those who do have the ability to pay their property taxes today should to do so. Property tax collection is critical to fund local services and, importantly, our regional response to combat the COVID-19 public health crisis and keep San Diegans safe.”

On March 24, Assemblymember Gloria sent a letter to the County of San Diego asking them to waive late payment penalties. This was in response to hundreds of county residents contacting Assemblymember Gloria’s office to express that making property tax payments during this time is an extraordinary burden. To date, the County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office has pointed to their current penalty cancellation request process, which is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.