A REMINDER ABOUT YOUR COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES

San Bernardino County tax collectors are issuing a reminder that Monday, December 11, is the last day to pay the first installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. Here’s reporter Andrew Dieleman with information on how you can make those payments on time…

The first installment of property taxes is due by Monday, December 11. Payments that are received late will incur a 10 percent penalty, so be sure to make your first payment on time. You can pay online, at mytaxcollector.com or by phone at 760-241-8829. Mailed payments should be sent to the Tax Collector’s Office at 268 West Hospitality Lane, First Floor in San Bernardino or can be hand-delivered to the High Desert Government Center at 15900 Smoke Tree Street in Hesperia. There is no additional fee to pay using a checking or savings account, but an extra fee will be charged for using a credit card. Property owners can also sign up online to have property tax bills emailed to them.

LOW-INCOME SENIORS, DISABLED, MAY APPLY TO POSTPONE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS

The state of California is once again allowing some residents to postpone paying their property taxes. Reporter Rebecca Havely says if you are low-income or disabled, you may be eligible…

There is help available if you can’t afford your property taxes. If you are at least 62 years old, or are blind or disabled; own and occupy your own home; have a total household income of $35,500 or less; have at least 40 percent equity in your property; and do not have a reverse mortgage on your property, you may apply to postpone your property tax payment. Be aware that property tax payments that are postponed are subject to 7 percent interest. Property owners must re-apply each year and meet eligibility requirements. Applications are accepted through February 10, and will be processed in the order they are received. Applications are available by calling 800-952-5661, or online at sco.ca.gov.

ELECTRIC TIME-OF-USE RATES EXPLAINED AT REACH OUT MONDAY

Do you know what the Time-of-Use rate plans are? They are the state mandated rate plans that Southern California Edison customers will begin to be switched to in 2018. Reporter Eric Knabe has where you can find out more about it…

The California Public Utilities Commission requires Southern California Edison to begin switching customers to Time-Of-Use plans in 2018 and they can affect how you use your electricity and your monthly bills. To help you understand these changes and the different plans, there will be experts from Southern California Edison with a presentation on Time-of-Use rate plans on Monday December 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center at 6535 Adobe Road. For more information call Reach Out Morongo Basin at 760-361-1410.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AND LIGHT PARADE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

It just wouldn’t be Christmas in Twentynine Palms without the tree lighting ceremony and the light parade. Managing editor Tami Roleff has your invitation…
The holidays in Twentynine Palms officially get underway Tuesday, December 5 with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Veterans Park, next to City Hall. The festivities start at 5:30 with a welcome by the mayor, followed by Christmas carols and the lighting of the tree. Santa will arrive on a fire truck to pass out candy canes. The tree lighting ceremony will be followed by the 20th annual light parade. The parade will start at 6:45 p.m. at Joshua Drive and Adobe Road and travel north on Adobe Road to Sun Valley Drive.

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR

The deadline is fast approaching for the Military Child of the Year awards for military children between the ages 13 and 18 in each branch of the service. Reporter Rebecca Havely explains how to enter your military child…

The Military Child of the Year awards will recognize six children between the ages of 13 and 18, one each from the Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, for their scholarship, with a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. The awards are based on the child’s volunteerism, leadership, and extracurricular involvement, while facing the challenges of military family life. A seventh award for innovation will be given to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge. Anyone may submit nomination for the awards. The deadline for nominations is Monday, December 4.

To submit a nomination, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org

The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. on April 19.