San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister reminded San Diegans today that they have just over two weeks to claim part of $435,000 before it becomes the County’s money.

“It's kind of like winning a small amount of money from the lottery but not having to buy a ticket," said Chula Vista property owner Mitchell Thompson.

He discovered the County owed him $173 when he received a notice from the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office last month. Thompson at once filed his claim and soon received a refund check.

“Whenever you get a refund from the government, it’s unexpected and extremely pleasant,” he said. Thompson quickly put the money to good use by buying a ticket to Los Cabos.

The refunds are broken up into three categories: 1) property tax refunds, 2) money from countywide departments, and 3) superior court exhibit money. Our website has instructions on how to file a claim for each type.

“My office is usually taking tax payments from property owners, so it’s nice to be giving back the money for a change,” said McAllister. “Only 60 people have filed claims, so the majority of the money will be rolled into the County’s general fund if it’s not claimed soon.”

People on the unclaimed money lists have until September 8, 2017, to file a refund claim. In July, McAllister announced he had $555,000 in refunds to return. About $120,000 has already been claimed, leaving $435,000 still available.

All claims can be emailed to, or claimants can call toll free at (877) 829-4732 for assistance.

Current state law says court exhibit money that is unclaimed for two years, countywide money that is unclaimed for three years and property tax refunds that are unclaimed for four years must be turned over to the County’s general fund.

The smallest amount available is $10.12, and the largest amount is $60,140.94, owed to BALCOR by the County’s Planning and Development Services.