Understanding Property Tax in Colorado https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KSf1WrJ_vP86KZXpYkoFh2I7XKWxSV3g/view

Colorado Department of Local Affairs- Division of Property Taxation                  https://cdola.colorado.gov/property-taxation


  1. Property tax statements are mailed by the end of each January to the owner of record, as listed on the tax roll as of January 1. The tax roll is prepared and maintained by the County Assessor.

    If you have not received a tax statement by the first week of February, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (970) 870-5555 or email us and a duplicate statement will be mailed. Failure to receive a property tax statement does not exempt the taxpayer from timely payment of the taxes due.

  2. Changes of address from can be found here

    Name changes and other changes to property title require that proper legal documentation, such as deed, be prepared and recorded at the County Clerk and Recorder's Office. It is recommended that you seek the legal advice of an attorney or local title company in order to properly execute this type of change.

  3. Yes, current taxes may be paid with your online banking service. Make sure to include your tax schedule number with the payment. Please allow two weeks for processing and mailing of the payment to our office, and take this delay into account when making tax payments near our deadlines. Payments not received in a  timely manner will be returned and additional interest will be due.

  4. Tax Payments can be made, Online, Dropped Off in Drop Box, In person or By Mail .                                       For more information regarding property tax payments. 

  5. The settlement of tax liability rests with the buyer and seller or how it was handled at the closing by the title company. If you have questions, please contact your realtor or the closing title company.

  6. The Treasurer's Office issues a Certificate of Taxes Due to the title company. This provides both the buyer and seller all current taxing information.

  7. The County Assessor  requires time to process your recorded deed. Please contact the Treasurer's Office if you have not received a property tax statement by the first week of February.

  8. If your mortgage company has paid your property taxes in the past, you will receive a tax notice in January advising you of the taxes due on your property.  Your tax statement is available online, or you can contact our office by email or at (970)870-5555..

  9. Ad valorem taxes are based on value only and not on the property owner's ability to pay. Any unpaid real property taxes become delinquent June 16. If the taxes remain unpaid, real property tax liens are sold in the last quarter of the year they become delinquent at the Tax Lien Sale. You have three (3) years to redeem the tax lien, after which point the lien holder has the option to apply for a Treasurer's Deed.

    For more information on personal property taxes, please review our personal property information page.

  10. The amount of annual taxes for a property is the result of the assessment process and the total mill levies for the taxing authorities that provide public services. The County Assessor establishes the value of all property for tax purposes. The taxing authorities use the assessed value to determine their mill levies. A mill is 1/10th of a penny or $1.00 revenue for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. Information concerning the tax levy can be obtained by contacting the governing boards of the taxing entities. 

  11. Actual Value x Assessment Rate x Mill Levy / 1000 = Property Tax

    For residential lots with an improvement or mobile homes, the following example shows how to determine your property tax: 

    $300,000 Actual Value x 7.15% Assessment Rate = $21,450 Assessed Value
    $21,450 Assessed Value x 86.49 mills/1000 = $1,855.21 tax amount

    For commercial or unimproved residential lots, the following example shows how to determine your property tax: 

    $300,000 Actual Value x 29% Assessment Rate = $87,000 Assessed Value
    $87,000 Assessed Value x 86.49 mills/1000 = $7,524.63 tax amount

  12. Taxes pay for local government services. Your tax money supports and provides for the following areas:

    • Schools
    • Cities and towns
    • Police and fire protection
    • Health services
    • County and city roads
    • Water and sewer lines
    • Public libraries
    • Recreation and parks
    • Human services
    • Community corrections/court systems
  13. Real property is considered to be permanently fixed in nature (land and improvements on the land). Improvements include all structures, buildings, fixtures, fences, and water rights. Personal property is generally known as portable or moveable items such as equipment or furniture used in the production of income.

  14. Yes, a Tax Deferral (delay) Program is available to senior citizens, whereby the State of Colorado pays the taxes on your residence and holds a lien on your property until it is sold, or changes are made to your qualifications. Interest will be charged annually on each deferral. An individual must be 65 or older as of January 1 of the year claimed. Please contact the Treasurer's Office at (970) 870-5555 or email us for further information.

  15. Eligibility for the Senior Homestead Exemption is determined by the Assessor's Office

  16. Yes, the Treasurer collects Special Assessment Liens certified to the Office of the Treasurer in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes.