With Time Running Short, No Relief From Property Tax Deadline

Megan Goldsby
April 03, 2020 - 7:37 am

If you own property in the Bay Area you know that your property tax payment is due next week. The question for many right now is whether that payment will still have to be paid, and the answer is that the payment will likely be required. 

Governor Gavin Newsom knows that property owners in the state, many hit with very hard times because of the pandemic, would like to see the property tax of April 10 delayed. Unfortunately for property owners, there are some challenges to making that a reality.

“I don’t want to over promise in this space,” said Newsom in his daily briefing Thursday afternoon.

The main sticking point is that it’s not up to the governor’s office to move the deadline. The money from property taxes is not state money —  rather it goes straight to the counties.

“We had a call with [the California State Association of Counties], and they have requested that we not impose upon them any mandate or dictate from on high, unless we are prepared to backfill the impacts of that mandate,” said Newsom.

That’s something Newsom says he’s not sure the state is able to do yet, but the talks will continue.

“We are assessing our options as it relates to property tax,” said Newsom, “I deeply recognize that anxiety as someone, like you and others perhaps that pay those property taxes, to see what we can do.”