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Weekend reprieve for property tax deadline
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Income tax filing is not the only deadline that is in the mind of taxpayers these days.

But while Income Tax Day – April 15 – is exactly a week away, the official deadline for paying property taxes is April 10. However, because that day happens to be Saturday, the payment deadline has been automatically moved to Monday, April 12, according to a spokeswoman at the San Joaquin County Tax Collector’s Office in Stockton.

While long lines were nonexistent Thursday at the tax collector’s office, one employee said that may change today. Property owners are probably going to show up today thinking the payment must be due today because the deadline is on Saturday, she said. But they are already preparing for the rush that they are sure will happen on Monday, she added.

If you want to avoid the long lines today and on Monday, there are two things you can do  to make it easier and more convenient for you. First is by phone. The other is by going online if you have access to an Internet connection.

If you’re paying by phone, just dial 1-866-5333. If you prefer going online, just log on to and follow the instructions.

In both cases, the county employee said you will need to have your parcel or assessment number ready. Both phone and online will require credit card payments. Both also are automated services and will not involve talking to or communicating with a live person.

However, if you still prefer to physically be present at the county tax collector’s office, you have to get there before they close at 5 p.m. today and on Monday. The tax collector’s office is now in the new state-of-the-art building, at the ground floor, across from the county courthouse on San Joaquin Street at the corner of Weber Avenue. On the second floor of the building are the county assessor’s and recorder’s offices.