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No bidders for property owned by tax protester Joseph Diliberti

March 18, 2011 |  1:01 pm

There were no bidders for the property owned by tax protester Joseph Diliberti at Friday's tax auction held by the San Diego County treasurer-tax collector.

The 3-acre parcel in the back country east of El Cajon will be now be part of a May online auction, officials said. 

In 2004, Diliberti refused to pay a $27,000 bill from a private company hired by the local fire district to clear brush on his parcel. Because of that refusal, he was not allowed to pay his property taxes. With penalties, and other consideration, the bill has grown to $70,000.

County policy calls for parcels with unpaid taxes for five years to be offered for sale. At Friday's auction, held at the San Diego Convention Center, 309 parcels were for sale.

Diliberti -- Vietnam veteran, Rastafarian, flutist and iconoclast -- lives on a military disability pension from injuries suffered in Vietnam. He has vowed never to pay the bill. Diliberti did not appear at the auction.

Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister has said there are no plans to evict Diliberti from the property. It remains unclear what will happen if there are no bidders at future auctions.


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Photo: Joseph Diliberti at home. Credit: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times