Like everyone else it seems, paying your taxes at the very last moment is the only way to do it. I’ve done it on-line and at Chase Bank, but those two methods result in a debit to your account almost immediately. Paying by mail gives a good amount of float, but standing in line to make sure you get a proof of mailing and cancellation date takes a while. The best way? Stand in the “line” at the County Treasurer’s office. I’ve never waited more than a minute and it’s good exercise for me to get out and walk. Just did it yesterday. And guess what? They won’t cash the check for almost a week if past history holds.