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Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Elected County leaders sworn in today

Larry WalkerLarry Walker was sworn in today as the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. Walker has served in this office since December, 1998, following his election in June 1998. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2006, 2010, and 2014.

Walker also served as County Recorder and County Clerk from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that, Walker was elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 1986, 1990 and 1994, and served as Chair of the Board from 1991 to 1993. Walker has also served as elected Mayor of Chino from 1980 to 1986, and as a City Council member from 1978 to 1980.

Bob Dutton was sworn in today as the County’s Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.

Dutton won his first election to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000.

In 2002, Dutton was elected to the State Assembly. In 2004, he successfully ran for the State Senate where he represented portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

mikeramosswearinginMichael A. Ramos was sworn in today as the County’s District Attorney. Ramos’ government service began in 1980, where he started as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer. He started his career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989 as a Deputy District Attorney.
In addition to his work in general prosecution and the narcotics unit, he served with the Major Crimes Unit for four years, until 2002, when he was first elected District Attorney for San Bernardino County.

Property tax deadline approaching on Dec. 10

buisnessSan Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker is encouraging property owners to pay the first installment of their property taxes by Wednesday, December 10 to avoid the 10 percent penalty.

Making a payment is simple for taxpayers who have the option of paying online, by mail, or in person. Payments can be made online at www.MyTaxCollector.com, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, free of charge, using a checking or savings account. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit card payments are also accepted, and include a convenience fee charged by the issuing bank.

If using online bill pay through a banking institution, taxpayers should contact their bank regarding procedures for ensuring timely payment of taxes and their bank’s use of USPS cancellation marks. These transactions often result in a mailed check, and payments received after December 10, 2014, without a USPS cancellation mark are considered late and incur a penalty.

Mailed payments should be sent to SBC Tax Collector, 172 West Third Street, First Floor, San Bernardino, California, 92415. Only payments with a USPS postmark cancellation on or before December 10, 2014 are considered timely. Payments in person can be made by cash, check, credit card, or money order at 172 West Third Street in San Bernardino, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Payments by check or credit card will also be accepted at the High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia, from December 1 through December 10, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“Property tax dollars are used to fund key public services that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” said Walker. “I want to encourage property owners to do what they can to pay their property taxes by the December 10 due date to prevent incurring costly penalties that come with late payments. Taxpayers can take advantage of our online payment option at www.MyTaxCollector.com – it’s easy, secure, and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®!”

Property tax revenues collected by the Tax Collector are distributed to local government entities, including school districts, cities, libraries, special districts, and the County. These tax dollars are used to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services.

Deadline to register for tax defaulted property auction is Aug. 1

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New HouseSan Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker reminds the public that August 1 is the deadline to register for the August 9 auction.  The San Bernardino County Tax Collector will hold its online re-offer auction of tax-defaulted properties starting Saturday, August 9, with staggering closing times lasting through Friday, August 15.

This re-offer auction will consist of over 1,500 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years.  This auction primarily consists of parcels that have been previously offered and are being sold at reduced prices.  Bids will start as low as $100, and the highest bid wins.  Tax information, maps and other due diligence material is available for viewing online at www.MyTaxCollector.com. Property is sold “as is,” and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.

“Bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices,” Walker said.  “We continue to expand our outreach effort to increase awareness about the tax sale auctions.  Our goal is to get tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services.”

Auction properties include single-family residences, timeshares, commercial buildings and vacant land.  To participate in this auction, deposits are due by 5 p.m. on August 1, and you must pre-register to bid.  For more information regarding this tax sale, please visit www.MyTaxCollector.com – it’s easy, secure and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®.

 

Online auction of more than 2,500 tax defaulted properties begins May 17

House and Keys in Female HandsSan Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker announced today that his office will hold its annual on-line auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, with staggering closing times lasting through Friday, May 23.

This tax sale auction consists of over 2,500 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years, and will include both newly-offered and re-offered properties.  Some bids start as low as $900, and the highest bid wins.  Tax information, maps and other due diligence material is available for viewing on-line at www.MyTaxCollector.com. Property is sold “as is”, and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.

“The benefit of a tax sale is getting tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services,” Walker said. “Winning bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices.”

Auction properties include single-family residences, timeshares, commercial buildings and vacant land.  To participate in this auction, deposits are due by May 9th, and you must pre-register to bid.  For more information regarding this tax sale, please visit https://sbcounty.mytaxsale.com – it’s easy, secure and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®.

Second installment of county property taxes due Thursday

County Seal No BackgroundThursday marks the last day San Bernardino County property owners can pay the second installment of property taxes without penalty.

Property taxes are the largest discretionary source of funding for the County, and a significant source of funding for school districts, community college districts and special districts.

There are several ways property owners can pay.

In addition to the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector office in San Bernardino, a property tax payment center opened in Hesperia on April 1 and will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday at the High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street. Checks will be the only form of payment accepted at this location.

Online and telephone payments can be made at www.MyTaxCollector.com or by calling 909-387-8308. Electronic payments accepted include checking or savings account free of charge. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit card payments are also accepted; however,
a convenience fee is charged and required by the credit card companies. If using online bill pay through a banking institution, taxpayers should contact their bank regarding procedures for ensuring timely payment of taxes and their bank’s use of USPS cancellation marks. These transactions result in a mailed check and payments received after April 10, 2014, without a USPS cancellation mark will be considered late and incur a penalty.

Mailed payments should be sent to the Tax Collector’s Office, 172 West Third Street, First Floor, San Bernardino, California, 92415. Only payments with a USPS postmark cancellation on or before April 10, 2014 will be considered timely. Payments in person can be made by cash, check, or money order at 172 West Third Street, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector recieves multiple awards for financial reporting

County Seal No BackgroundSan Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker received two awards from the Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) – the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting and a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Both awards were presented to  Walker at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“I am honored to receive both of these awards, and extremely proud of my staff for their hard work and dedication,” Walker said. This affirms my commitment to making the citizens of the County my priority by presenting the County’s financial information in a transparent, easily accessible, and understandable format.”

The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program was established in 1991 by GFOA. The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office has received this award for the 7 th  consecutive year, recognizing its efforts to develop a high-quality popular annual report that is designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public.

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945. The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office has received this award for the 25 th consecutive year. In part, this award is presented to state and local governments that prepare annual financial reporting exceeding the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), while also preparing comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. Reports are reviewed by members of the GFOA staff and the GFOA’s Special Review Committee, comprised of individuals with expert knowledge of public-sector financial reporting.

The Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office has made both reports accessible to the publicby posting a link to the website at www.sbcounty.gov/atc where content of the report can be reviewed cover to cover.

 

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