Treasurer frequently asked questions

When are my property taxes due?
We collect property taxes in arrears, for example, 2012 taxes are billed and collected in 2013. Taxes may be paid with no penalties or interest if full payment is made by April 30, or two half installments are paid, the first half due by February 28 and the second by June 15 annually.

Does my mortgage company automatically receive a tax bill?
In January of each year, a tax notice is mailed to the owner of record, NOT the mortgage company. Please send a copy of your tax notice to your mortgage company if your mortgage payment includes an escrow for taxes. Mortgage
companies typically request a copy of the county's tax roll and determine from that report the taxes that they should pay for their customers.

What if I don't receive my tax bill?
Failure to receive a tax notice is not sufficient reason for nonpayment of your property taxes. If you have not received your tax bill by early February, call our office at 970-945-6382 and a duplicate notice will be sent.  Remember that you are still responsible for paying the property taxes even if you do not receive a bill.

How can I pay my property taxes?
You can pay your property taxes in a few ways:
By mail:    PO Box 1069
                Glenwood Springs, CO  81602

In person:   109 8th Street, Suite 204 (Garfield County Courthouse)
                   Glenwood Springs, CO  81601

Payments can be made in our office, or by dropping your payment in the tax payment drop box inside the Courthouse, just before security screening.
*Note:  you can no longer make payments in the Rifle county offices.

Online payment portal
If paying online, remember that there is a $3.00 flat fee to pay by echeck, and a 2.5% ($3.95 minimum) convenience fee to pay by credit card.

Can I make a payment over the phone?
Yes, payments can be made by phone at 970-945-6382; please have your account number available. Also, please remember there is a $3.00 flat fee to pay by e-check and a 2.5% ($3.95 minimum) convenience fee to pay by credit/debit card.

Will I receive a receipt with my tax payment?
We are happy to send you a receipt for your tax payment - just request a receipt when you make payment, whether it’s via mail, in person or online.  Receipts can be mailed or emailed.

When are property taxes delinquent?
Unpaid taxes begin accruing interest at 1% per month on the following dates: 1st half payment on the day following the deadline of February 28, 2nd half payment on the day following the deadline of June 15, and whole payment on the day following April 30. All unpaid taxes are considered delinquent June 16th.

When is the annual tax lien sale held?
The annual tax lien sale is held in early-November each year. Properties that may be offered for sale will be advertised in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Rifle Citizen Telegram in late September and October before the sale. Information on the sale will be available from our office in October and will also appear on our website.

Why does my tax amount change?
The amount you pay in taxes is based upon your property value and the mill levy for the taxing district where your property is located.  When these things change, so do your taxes.  Your mill levy is subject to change every year and your value is subject to change every two years.

What is a mill levy?   
A mill levy is a "tax rate" determined by the taxing authorities providing services within the taxing district where your property is located that is applied to your assessed property value to calculate the amount of property taxes you pay.  For more information on mill levies please visit the Assessor’s Office frequently asked questions.

Did I receive the Senior or Veterans tax exemption?  Where do I find it on my tax notice?
If you received one of these exemptions, it will be located in the top portion of your Tax Notice under your mill levy information.

Can I receive both the Senior and Veterans tax exemptions?
No - the law in Colorado does not allow you to receive both exemptions.

Why do I receive a Tax Notice when it is my mortgage company that pays the property taxes on my home?
The law in Colorado requires that Tax Notices be sent to all Owners of Record whether or not another party remits the taxes due.

What happens if my taxes aren’t paid?
If after the June 15th second-half payment deadline, taxes are still due on a property, a Delinquent Tax Notice is sent to the Owner of Record (usually during the first week in July) which states the amount of taxes and interest due, as well as any further actions the Treasurer’s Office may be required by law to take to collect those taxes.

Fees charged by the Treasurer
A posting of the fees charged by the Treasurer's office can be obtained by calling our office. All fees charged by the office are established by state statute.



Treasurer - Glenwood Springs
109 8th Street, Suite 204
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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PO Box 1069
Glenwood Springs CO 81602

970-945-6382 | phone
970-384-5010 | fax

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