In a letter last week, RCRC, along with our municipal partners, urged Governor Newsom to retain the April 10th property tax deadline. The letter highlights that local officials will forgive penalties and interest for property owners who are unable to make timely payment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

California’s local agencies are working diligently to maintain essential services and infrastructure during this unprecedented public health emergency related to COVID-19. Extending the property tax payment deadline by 60 or 90 days would have a dramatic impact on local funding. Almost all local agencies rely on property tax receipts to help finance a large number of municipal services.

In light of the issue of extension, county treasurer/tax collectors will be waiving interest and penalties associated with late payment, as allowed under current law. There will be some statewide parameters around granting this waiver. RCRC-member counties are encouraged to discuss specifics with their County Treasurer/Tax Collector.

Click here to read the entire letter to Governor Newsom, outlining the reasons why an extension would not be wise for counties, cities, school districts, and other special districts.