Secured property tax bills are mailed once a year by November 1st. They are sent to the owner of the property as of the lien date (January 1). If your deed was recorded after January 1, your name will not appear on the secured tax roll until the following fiscal year. This office has no knowledge of a change in ownership unless it is notified directly.
Payment Coupon Mailing Address
As part of a cost-saving measure, tax payments are sent directly to a "lockbox" center of the county's depository bank. Several times a day, including weekends, payments are received at the San Francisco mailing address pre-printed on the coupon and delivered to the center for processing. There, checks are immediately scanned and deposited directly into the bank account. It is imperative to have sufficient funds in your personal bank account before mailing your tax payment. Our office does not redeposit checks for insufficient funds.
Failure to Receive a Bill
Failure to receive a tax bill neither relieves the taxpayer of his responsibility to pay his taxes when they become due and payable, nor does it excuse penalties if payment is late. The laws by which we are governed place the responsibility of obtaining a tax bill and making timely payment upon the property owner. The tax collector has no discretion in waiving penalties.
Tax Bill Due Dates
The first installment of your property tax bill is due on November 1 and becomes delinquent after 5:00 pm on December 10. The second installment of your tax bill is due February 1 and becomes delinquent after 5:00 pm on April 10. Each installment is subject to penalties if not received by the treasurer-tax collector by the aforementioned dates and the second installment is also subject to costs in addition to penalties if not paid timely.