According to Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman, the first installment of Kern County property taxes will become delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12. In order to avoid a 10 percent late penalty, property tax payments must be made in person or postmarked on or before this date.

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; and

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

New fees have been established for all debit card use. All debit card use, both in person and on the Treasurer-Tax Collector website, will be subject to a service fee equal to 2 percent of the transaction amount.

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.

Tax bills were mailed to all property owners whose addresses were on file with the County Assessor as of Jan. 1, 2016. Individuals who do not receive their tax bill may request a substitute tax bill or obtain the amount of property tax due by calling 868-3490 or by emailing 2servu@co.kern.ca.us. Property tax and parcel information are also available on the website.

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