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Statement to the Community Regarding the April 10th Property Tax Delinquency Date

April 1, 2020

The Santa Cruz County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office understands and shares the public's concern about the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ongoing Shelter in Place Order. Many property owners have contacted us with concerns about their ability to pay their property taxes on time.

Here are some answers to common questions:

  1. Can the April 10, 2020, property tax payment deadline be delayed?
    -Unfortunately, no, this date is set by state law and cannot be changed. Neither the County Board of Supervisors, nor the County Treasurer-Tax Collector has the legal authority to change or extend the deadline.

  2. I am concerned I can’t pay my taxes because I’ve lost my job or I have been ill. What can I do?

  3. -A COVID-19 penalty waiver form and instructions for its use are located on the main Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website at: All such requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis after April 10. The waiver form will require a description and certification and of how the taxpayer was impacted by the virus that interfered with their ability to make the payment by April 10. Requests will be approved as allowed by State law.
    -Please be aware that if taxes remain unpaid after July 1, 2020, under State law they are placed in a “default” status.  At that point, our County Collection Staff will reach out to property owners and can offer payment plans to property owners, consistent with State law.

  4. What are the financial consequences to the County if property taxes are not paid on time?
    -Santa Cruz County appreciates those taxpayers who can pay by the April 10, 2020 deadline as tax dollars received will be distributed to schools, cities and special districts in April. The distributions go to the local agencies that provide necessary day-to-day services to taxpayers such as emergency response and public health.

  5. How do I make my payment if the office is closed to the public?
    -Please scroll to the bottom of this pop-up message and select CLOSE. You can then access either the pay-on-line choice (e-check at no fee) or select other options including the payment mailing address. A YELLOW tax collection box is also available in the parking lot at 701 Ocean Street for tax payment drop off.
    -We continue to have staff available to answer calls, emails and, if necessary, to receive cash payments in person by appointment only. For questions, please contact the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office at (831)-454-2510 or email us at


Edith Driscoll

Santa Cruz County Auditor-Controller / Treasurer-Tax Collector

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