Fees

The Treasurer-Tax Collector is required by the County Administrative Code to collect fees for certain services.  

Below is a list of the services and the attached fee:  

Secured Tax Collection Fees

Service  Fee 
1. Delinquent Tax Installment Plan Setup (5-year plan)  $63 
2. Delinquent Tax Installment Plan Maintenance (5-year plan)   $71
3. Escaped Tax Installment Plan Setup (4-year plan)   $26 
4. Escaped Tax Installment Plan Maintenance (4-year plan)  $55 
5. Subdivision Map Tax Clearance Certificate   $80 
6. Separate Assessment $211
7. Delinquent Tax Records & Notice $10
8. Redemption   $33


DEFINITIONS 

  1. DELINQUENT TAX INSTALLMENT PLAN SETUP FEE: This fee will be due when you make your first payment to your installment account to reimburse the County for the cost of setting up new five-year installment plans.

  2. DELINQUENT TAX MAINTENANCE PLAN FEE: This fee will be due each year when you make payment installments to reimburse the County for the ongoing costs of maintaining the plan records, mailing reminder and default notices, and coding defaults in the mainframe system. 

  3. ESCAPED TAX INSTALLMENT PLAN SETUP FEE: This fee will be due when you make your first payment to your installment account to reimburse the County for the cost of setting up new four-year installment plans. 

  4. ESCAPED TAX MAINTENANCE PLAN FEE: This fee will be due each year when you make payment installments to reimburse the County for the ongoing costs of maintaining the plan records, mailing reminder and default notices, and coding defaults in the mainframe system.

  5. ISSUANCE OF SUBDIVISION PARCEL MAP TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE: This fee will be charged before our office prepares a certificate or statement.

  6. SEPARATE ASSESSMENT FEE: This fee will be charged before our office processes an  application for separate assessment to recover the costs of processing the application, as well as the ongoing costs of separate assessment, billings, and mailings.

  7. DELINQUENT TAX RECORDS AND NOTICE FEE: This fee is added to unpaid accounts after the second installment delinquency deadline to reimburse the County for the costs of preparing delinquent tax records and giving notice of the delinquency. 

  8. REDEMPTION FEE: This fee is added to unpaid delinquent accounts on July 1 to reimburse the County for the costs of preparing and giving notice of prior-year tax delinquencies and processing redemptions of tax-defaulted parcels. 

 

Unsecured Tax Collection Fees

Service Fee
1. Bulk Transfer
$38
2. Certificate of Lien Preparation $33
3. DMV Hold & Release $26
4. Duplicate Release of Lien
$38 + recording costs
5. FAA Lien Filing
Actual costs
6. Manufactured Home Tax Clearance Certificate $35 
7. Release of Lien $19 + recording costs
8. U.S. Coast Guard Lien Filing
Actual costs
9. Unsecured Civil Process
Actual costs
10. Unsecured Delinquent Assignment
$235 + mileage/postage
11. Unsecured Final Notice $33
12. Unsecured Seizure $74

 

DEFINITIONS

  1. BULK TRANSFER FEE: This fee will be assessed and become part of the total amount due stated in the demand for any tax liability that is owed to the Treasurer-Tax Collector pursuant to receipt of a Bulk Sale notice.

  2. CERTIFICATE OF LIEN PREPARATION FEE: This fee will be assessed and added to the amount necessary to satisfy the lien for each lien and/or release of lien recorded/filed. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for costs incurred in preparing the lien and/or release of lien and recording of documents with each agency/jurisdiction in which a lien is being recorded.

  3. DMV HOLD & RELEASE FEE: This fee will be assessed each time a hold is placed or released on a title renewal or transfer of a tax delinquent vessel. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for costs incurred in placing/releasing the hold as well as the cost of providing notice of the hold to the taxpayer.

  4. DUPLICATE RELEASE OF LIEN FEE: This fee will be assessed to unsecured accounts upon a request to issue a duplicate Release of Lien. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for the costs incurred in researching and verifying that the tax bill that is paid and generating a new Release of Lien. There may be an additional charge to recover the actual recording cost if the release is recorded by the Treasurer-Tax Collector.

  5. FAA LIEN FILING FEE: This fee will be assessed to unsecured accounts for aircraft each time a lien is filed with the Federal Aviation Agency. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for the actual costs incurred in filing the lien and/or release of lien. In addition to the charges for filing and/or releasing a lien with this agency, the CERTIFICATE OF LIEN PREPARATION FEE will apply.

  6. MANUFACTURED HOME TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE FEE: This fee will be assessed if a previously issued tax clearance certificate or conditional tax clearance certificate expires prior to the date upon which title transfers.

  7. RELEASE OF LIEN FEE: This fee will be assessed and added to the amount necessary to satisfy the lien. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for costs incurred in preparing the release of lien. There may be an additional charge to recover the actual recording cost if the release is recorded by the Treasurer-Tax Collector.

  8. U.S. COAST GUARD FEE: This fee will be' assessed to unsecured accounts for vessels registered with the U.S. Coast Guard each time a lien is filed with the U.S. Coast Guard. This fee will reimburse the Tax Collector for the actual costs incurred to file the lien and/or release of lien. In addition to the charges for filing and/or releasing a lien with this agency, the CERTIFICATE OF LIEN PREPARATION FEE will apply.

  9. UNSECURED CIVIL PROCESS FEE: This fee will be assessed to accounts requiring Sheriff’s services for civil processes to reimburse the County for statutory costs, fees, and actual expenses incurred for the service and performance of civil process collection actions.

  10. UNSECURED DELINQUENT ASSIGNMENT FEE: This fee will be assessed to delinquent unsecured accounts at the time of assignment to an Enforcement Officer to recover costs involved to contact, and demand payment for the tax delinquency; and to protect the County's lien interest against the Assessee.

  11. UNSECURED FINAL NOTICE FEE: This fee will be assessed to delinquent unsecured accounts that are not assigned to an Enforcement Officer for collection. If the tax bill for an account is assigned to an Enforcement Officer, this fee is included in the UNSECURED DELINQUENT ASSIGNMENT FEE and not separately assessed.
     
  12. UNSECURED SEIZURE FEE: This fee will be assessed to accounts to reimburse the Tax Collector for expenses incurred in serving notice of the seizure action to the party and the actual costs incurred for the performance of personal property seizures. This fee is charged once per seizure action, even if multiple entities are being served with the seizure notice for an account, and accrues to the total due for all tax bills that are included in the account.

 

Property Tax Auction Fees

Service

Fee

1. Tax Sale Party of lnterest Search and Notice

$236

2. Tax Sale Rescission Recording

Actual Costs

3. Tax Sale Publication

Actual Costs

4. Tax Sale Preparation

$150

5. Tax Sale Personal Contact

$193

6. Tax Sale County 

$443

7. Tax Sale State

$1.50

8. Excess Proceeds Notice

$110

9. Excess Proceeds Claim Submittal

$199

  1. TAX SALE PARTY OF INTEREST SEARCH & NOTICE FEE: This fee will be assessed to each parcel after Notice of Power of Sale is recorded. This fee will recover the costs of obtaining the names and last known mailing addresses of parties of interest, and providing Notice of Power of Sale. This fee will be collected from property owners who redeem property prior to the day of the tax sale or deducted from the proceeds of property sold at the County Tax Sale.

  2. TAX SALE RESCISSION RECORDING FEE: This fee will be assessed to each parcel after the Notice of Power of Sale is recorded to reimburse the Recorder for the cost of recording a rescission of the Notice of Power of Sale. This fee will be collected from property owners who redeem property prior to the day of the tax sale or deducted from the proceeds of property sold at the County Tax Sale.

  3. TAX SALE PUBLICATION FEE: This fee will be assessed to each parcel after the County has published notice of the intended tax sale to reimburse the County for the costs of publication. This fee will be collected from property owners who redeem property prior to the day of the tax sale but after the county has incurred publication or deducted from the proceeds of property sold at the County Tax Sale.

  4. TAX SALE PREPARATION FEE: This fee will be assessed to each parcel ninety (90) days prior to the intended tax sale to reimburse the County for costs incurred in preparing to conduct the tax sale. This fee will be collected from property owners who redeem property within ninety (90) days of the proposed tax sale or deducted from the proceeds of property sold at the County Tax Sale. 

  5. TAX SALE PERSONAL CONTACT FEE: This fee will be assessed to owner occupied properties subject to the Tax Collector's Power of Sale. This fee will reimburse the County for costs incurred in providing the owner with personal notification of the proposed tax sale and apprising him or her of their redemption rights. The fee will be collected from property owners who redeem property prior to the day of the tax sale or deducted from the proceeds of property sold at the County Tax Sale. 

  6. TAX SALE COUNTY FEE: This fee will be deducted from the proceeds of each parcel sold at the County Tax Sale to reimburse the Comity for the cost of conducting the sale. This fee will not be assessed to property owners who redeem property prior to the day of the tax sale. This fee is subject to refund only upon cancellation of sale by the Treasurer-Tax Collector in accordance with R&T Code Section 3731 & 3731.1. 

  7. TAX SALE STATE FEE: This fee will be deducted from the proceeds of each parcel sold at the tax sale. 

  8. EXCESS PROCEEDS NOTICE FEE: This fee will be deducted from the excess proceeds of sold parcels. This fee will reimburse the County for costs incurred in obtaining the name and last known mailing address of parties of interest, and mailing or publishing notice of the right to claim the excess proceeds. Notification of available excess proceeds will not be distributed for excess proceeds amounts that are equal to or less than one hundred fifty dollars ($150). 

  9. EXCESS PROCEEDS CLAIM SUBMITTAL FEE: This fee will be assessed to claimants and deducted from available excess proceeds when the claimant submits an application to claim excess proceeds. This fee will recover the cost of administering and processing claims. A refund of the excess proceeds claim submittal fee will only be allowable if the sale of property is cancelled after excess proceeds have been disbursed.

 

Miscellaneous Fees 

Service

Fee

Certified Copies

$2

Copies

$1

Returned Check

$25

 

Time and Material Labor Rates

STANDARD BILLING RATES/TIME AND MATERIAL RATES: Unless otherwise specified, all fees and time and material charges shall be calculated and will be charged using the following standard hourly billing rates:


TAX COLLECTION

CLASS

CLASS TITLE

TIME & MATERIAL RATE

0270

Chief Deputy Tax Collector

$183

2169

Manager TTC

$126

2457

Tax Payment Processor

$62

2458

Senior Tax Payment Processor

$68

2482

Assistant Manager TTC

$118

2563

TTC Specialist

$63

2564

Senior TTC Specialist

$63

2565

Supervisor TTC Specialist

$63

2566

Principal TTC Specialist

$63

2567 

Tax Payment Enforcement officer

$78

2568 Senior Tax Payment Enforcement Officer $101

 

TREASURY

CLASS CLASS TITLE TIME & MATERIAL RATE
2169 Manager TTC $141
2425 Associate Accountant $99
2482 Assistant Manager TTC $132
2505 Senior Accountant $88 
2563 TTC Specialist $88
2564 Senior TTC Specialist $88
2565 Supervisor TTC Specialist $88
2405 Staff Accountant $88
0280 Chief Deputy County Treasurer $202
0286  Investment Officer $214
0288 Chief Investment Officer $215

 

  1. MISCELLANEOUS: The fee for items not listed in the above fee schedules, including research, shall be determined by the actual costs incurred by Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office. The cost will be determined by using the labor rates, time, and material. 

These fees were put into place through an ordinance passed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2011.