Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman reminds the public that the first installment of your Kern County property tax will become delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11. In order to avoid a 10 percent late penalty, property tax payments must be made in person or postmarked on or before Dec. 11.

Various methods of payment are available:

1) Via mail to: KCTTC Payment Center, P.O. Box 541004, Los Angeles, CA 90054-1004

2) In person at the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office located at 1115 Truxtun Ave., 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

3) Via the Treasurer-Tax Collector's website at www.kcttc.co.kern.ca.us

Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Cards can be used for payments made over the internet. A credit card service fee will be assessed based on the amount of taxes paid. Electronic Checks can also be used for payments over the Internet with zero fees. Access the website for additional information.

Tax bills were mailed to all property owners whose addresses were on file with the County Assessor as of Jan. 1. If you do not have your tax bill, you may request a substitute tax bill or you may obtain the amount of property tax due by calling 868-3490 or by emailing ttc@kerncounty.com. Property tax and parcel information are also available on the website.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Important: The tax bills look different this year. They have been redesigned to make it easier to read and easier to pay. Because of this change, they have included a sample bill with explanations and instructions in hopes of making it easier for the taxpayers to understand their bill and reduce payment errors.