Monthly Archives: February 2016



If you are paying your property tax in two equal installments, your first half is due today.

Envelopes postmarked for today (regardless of when we receive it) will be posted as a timely payment.

Adams County Treasurer’s office received their first call today at 6:25AM. My staff was there to take the call. Now that is customer service!

E-Check Transaction Fee Change


Adams County Treasurer, Brigitte Grimm, has eliminated E-Check transaction fees for online property tax payments.

“Aligning with the needs of our citizens is our top priority. As a result, we improved online access with real time results and now provide electronic statements. The next logical step was to offer a FREE online “E-Check” solution.”

Secure online payments prevent lost or delayed mail that may result in late fees. Additionally, this option eliminates the “last” labor intensive process in the Treasurer’s office.

Interested in FREE online check payments?

Select “I Have Read The Above Statement”,
Select “Login” under Tax Payer (FREE PUBLIC) Login.
Enter Acct ID, or Parcel # or Situs Address.
Then select “Search”.



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A property tax exemption is available to senior citizens and the surviving spouses of senior citizens. The exemption is also available to disabled veterans and the surviving spouses of disabled veterans who previously applied for and were granted the disabled veteran exemption.

For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax. Once approved, the exemption remains in effect for future years and the applicant need not reapply.

NOTE: The General Assembly may eliminate funding for the Senior Citizen Exemption or Disabled Veteran Exemption at their discretion, in any year that the budget does not allow for the reimbursement.

Application requirements are as follows:
SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION The exemption is available to applicants who:

  • a) are at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application,
  • b) owned their home for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1, and
  • c) occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1.

Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application. The senior citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1 after 2001. The application deadline for 2015 is July 15. The application form is available from and must be submitted to the county assessor at the following address: Adams County Assessor 4430 South Adams County Parkway C2100 Brighton CO 80601-8203 720-523-6038


The exemption is available to applicants who:

  • a) sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States,
  • b) were honorably discharged, and
  • c) were rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as one hundred percent “permanent and total” disabled. Disabilities rated at less than one hundred percent and VA unemployability awards do not meet the eligibility requirement.

The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application; however, limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the eligibility requirements section of the application. The application deadline for 2015 is July 1. Applications are available from the Division of Veterans Affairs at the address and telephone number shown below and from the website of the Colorado Division of Property Taxation at

Completed applications must be submitted to the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs at the following address: Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Division of Veterans Affairs 1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg C, Suite 113 Denver, Colorado 80222 Telephone: 303-284-6077 Fax: 303-284-3163


The exemption is available to surviving spouses of disabled veterans who had the disabled veteran exemption and who passed away prior to January 1 of the current year. The property must be owner occupied and used as the primary residence of an owner-occupier who is the surviving spouse of a qualifying disabled veteran. The application deadline for 2015 is July 1. The application is available from the Division of Veterans Affairs or the county assessor of the county in which the property is located, and must be returned to the county assessor.

Adams County Treasurer Hours & Contact Information

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Brigitte Grimm, MBA
Adams County Treasurer

4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Suite C2436
Brighton, CO  80601 

 Ph: 720.523.6160



11860 Pecos Street, #2324
Westminster, Co 80234

Full property tax collection office offering services that include:

  • Hours – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:30-5 (for now)
  • Property tax collection for all property classifications,
  • Senior exemption and property tax deferral assistance,
  • Mobile Homeownership transfers and relocation services,
  • Free income tax program for income qualifying residents (January –April)


Click here to make a tax payment online, view your parcel details, obtain current and prior year payment history and receipts, and view or print your current year tax statement.

Click here for the delinquent mobile home tax list for Tax Year 2015.


The Adams County Treasurer is a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term and is charged with collecting all county property taxes, distributing those taxes to the various underlying taxing authorities, and investing the difference on behalf of the county.


Property taxes are collected one year in arrears. In 2017 the Treasurer’s Office will collect the 2016 taxes for a total value over $600 million on approximately 180,000 tax bills.

By June 30th each year, the Treasurer’s Office collects about 95% of all taxes billed. By December 31st, 99.9% of all taxes will be collected.

IMPORTANT:  The Assessor maintains the mailing addresses for tax statement notifications. Click here to print the form.  When completed, mail the form to:

Adams County Assessor’s Office

4430 South Adams County Parkway

2nd Floor, Suite C2100

Brighton, CO 80601

 Once updated, the Assessor’s file rolls to the Treasurer’s system, therefore notification to the Treasurer’s office is not necessary.


The Treasurer’s office distributed property taxes to approximately 250 (of the 350+) underlying taxing authorities with the following breakdown for 2016:

Type of Levy Tax % Distributed
School Districts 52%
County 24%
Special Districts 19%
Cities 5%
Total 100%


The office prepares monthly statements reflecting amounts collected and disbursed to all underlying authorities. Click here to view statements.


The Treasurer manages the County’s investment portfolio in accordance with Colorado State Statutes and the Adams County Investment Policy.  Our primary objective of investment activities, in order of priority, is always safety, liquidity, and lastly yields. Our diverse portfolio holds; Federal Agencies, US Treasuries, CDs, Money Markets, Commercial Paper, and Corporate Bonds.  Our liquidity needs are met with deposits through COLOTRUST, Colorado’s authorized local government investment pool.


In addition to the collection of taxes, the Treasurer’s Office also performs tax deferment applications, manufactured home authentications, prepares Certificates of Taxes Due, prepares tax sale, processes redemptions, and responds to all other inquiries related to taxation.

Reports of the fiscal activities of the Treasurer’s Office are submitted to the County Commissioners and published semi-annually.

The Treasurer enforces collection of delinquent taxes by conducting an annual delinquent real estate and mobile home property tax sale. Personal property is subject to distraint, seizure, and sale of the property.

The Treasurer is also a member of the Adams County Retirement Board.

Lastly, the Adams County Treasurer’s office sponsors the Free IRS Income Tax Preparation Program – serving our income qualifying residents with free income tax preparation.


Please contact me by email at or by phone at 720.523.6160 with any comments, questions, or suggestions on how we can better serve you.


To see “What’s New” and our annual “Newsletters” click here.


2015 Tax Year Free Tax Counseling

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Tax Preparation Program
Basic income taxes are prepared for those individuals with low to moderate income. Volunteers prepare free basic income tax and free electronic filing for those taxpayers with a combined income of $56,000 or less.

2016 Free Tax Counseling

What You’ll Need

You must bring the following:

  • Social security cards for yourself and any dependents
  • A government issued photo ID
  • All W-2s, 1098 and 1099 forms
  • Proof of any other income received
  • Any deductible expenses
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
Locations for Free Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing


  • JANUARY 25, 2016 – APRIL 11, 2016
  • MONDAY 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  • JANUARY 28, 2016 THRU APRIL 14, 2016
  • THURSDAY   8:30 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.


  • JANUARY 28, 2016 –  APRIL 14, 2016
  • THURSDAY   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


  • JANUARY 25, 2016 – APRIL 12, 2016
  • MONDAY   1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


  • JANUARY 26, 2016 – APRIL 13, 2016
  • TUESDAY   9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • WEDNESDAY   9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Do you have questions about your property taxes, exemptions, payments, how to contact the Treasurer’s office? Check out our FAQ page:

1.When are Property Tax Notices mailed?
Property Tax Notices are mailed by the end of January to the owner of record, as their name and mailing address are listed on the Tax Roll as of January 1st. The Tax Roll is prepared and maintained by the County Assessor.
Failure to receive a property tax statement does not exempt the taxpayer from timely payment of taxes due.
If you have not received a tax notice by January 31st, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 720.523.6160 and a duplicate notice will be sent.
2.If I move or have a name change, whom should I notify?
A change of name can only be done by a deed. The Assessor’s Office will make the name change after the deed is recorded with the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. A name change could be due to a transfer of ownership of the property or death or marriage. If your mailing address changes you can notify the Assessor’s office or the Treasurer’s office.
3.Where do I make payment?
Payments may be mailed to the County Treasurer’s Office, P.O. Box 869, Brighton, CO 80601-0869. To ensure accurate posting, please include the appropriate payment coupon for each property.
You may also visit our office located at 4430 South Adams County Parkway, 2nd Floor, Suite C2436, Brighton, CO 80601. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Please bring your tax notice with you so we may receipt your payment at no charge. The fee for each additional receipt is $2.00.
4.I just bought this property, so why am I being billed for last year’s taxes?
Any prior years’ taxes should have been handled at the time of sale. If they were not, remember that taxes levied on Real Property are a perpetual lien on the property without respect to ownership and have priority over all liens until they are paid in full. The settlement of who has tax liability rests with the buyer and seller.
5.When I buy property, how do I know the tax status?
The Treasurer’s Office issues a Certification of Taxes Due for a fee of $10.00. This provides both the buyer and seller all current taxing information. The Certification of Taxes Due notice is generally obtained by the closing agent when a sale takes place. You can also call the Treasurer’s Office at 720.523.6160 for current information.
6.After buying a new property, will I receive the next property tax notice?
If you bought property in the last half of the year, the former owner may receive the property tax notice. The County Assessor requires time to process your recorded deed. Please contact the Treasurer’s Office if you have not received a property tax notice by the end of January.
Mortgage Company Payments:
The Treasurer’s office mails property tax notices to the owner of record, as their name and address is listed on the Tax Roll certified by the County Assessor. Your mortgage company DOES NOT receive a copy of the property tax notice. Most mortgage companies perform their own research on the property taxes they are responsible for by your contractual agreement. If you feel your mortgage company needs a copy of your property tax notice, simply send them a photocopy or contact the Treasurer’s Office for an additional copy. The fee is $2.00.
If you and your mortgage company submit a payment, the Treasurer’s office will process the payments in the order in which they are received until the account is paid in full. AFTER the account is paid in full, any additional payments will be returned to the paying party. The Treasurer DOES NOT hold or apply excess monies to your account.
7.What if I am unable to pay my Property Taxes?
Ad valorem taxes are based on value only, and not the property owner’s ability to pay. Property taxes become delinquent May 1 or June 15th depending on the payment options that a property owner chooses. Real Property Tax Liens are sold at the annual Tax Lien Sale in early November each year they are delinquent. You have three (3) years to redeem a tax lien before the owner of the tax lien can obtain a deed to your property.
8.How are the taxes determined on my property?
Property taxes are the result of the assessment process and the total mill levies for the taxing authorities that provide public services to that property. 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 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. Information concerning the tax levy can be obtained by contacting the governing boards of the various taxing entities.
9.Why do I have to pay Property Taxes?
Taxes pay for local government services. Your tax money supports and provides funding for: 179 authorities, 12 school districts, 10 bond funds, 12 general funds, 1 community college, 13 water and sanitation districts, 10 towns, 17 fire districts, 1 sewer district, 108 special districts, 2 library districts, 8 tax increment financing districts, 2 park and recreation districts. Total tax collection for these districts amounted to $380,670,936. Total tax collection for county funds amounted to $124,702,135. Total property taxes billed in 2014 for the year 2013 were $504 million.
10.How are tax dollars distributed?
Tax monies are distributed as follows:
Adams County 27%
Cities and Towns 6%
School Districts 56%
Special Districts 11%
11.What do you mean by Real and Personal Property?
Real Property is permanently fixed improvements on the land. Improvements include all structures, buildings, fixtures, fences, and water rights. Personal Property is generally a portable or moveable item such as equipment or furniture used in the production of income.
12.Are there any programs to help senior citizens with their tax burden?
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. The annual percentage rate set by state statutes is 7%. An individual must be 65 or older as of January 1st of the year claimed. Application must be made by April 1. The home must be “free and clear”. Contact the Treasurer’s Office for more information.
13.Does Colorado have a Senior Citizens Homestead Exemption?
Yes, the referendum became effective January 1, 2002, and is reviewed each year by the state legislature. *Note: the property tax exemption for seniors was not funded for tax year 2009, 2010, and 2011.
If you meet the qualifying criteria 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of residential property shall be exempt from taxation for the “primary residence”. The property owner must be at least 65 years old and have owned and occupied the property as his or her primary residence for the 10 years immediately preceding the assessment date. The owner-occupier is the spouse or surviving spouse of an owner-occupier who previously qualified for a property tax exemption for the same residential real property.
14.Does the Treasurer collect any payment other than property tax?
The Treasurer collects City & County Improvement Liens when certified to the Office of the Treasurer in accordance with Colorado Revised Statutes. These liens are called Special Assessment(s) liens. The Treasurer also collects personal property and mobile home taxes.
15.What is the most common type of Special Assessment Lien?
Many of the special assessment liens are for road and sewer improvements. These special assessments are often billed in installments of 10 to 20 years. In addition, there are special assessments for delinquent utility billings, such as overdue water and sanitation bills and overdue weed control bills. These particular assessments are billed as one payment.
16.How important are these Special Assessment Liens?
They become a perpetual lien in the amount of assessment against each lot or tract of land and have priority over all other liens except the general property tax lien.
**Do NOT ignore the importance of special assessment liens.**
17.Is my property in jeopardy if I fail to pay a Special Assessment Lien?
Yes, special Assessment Liens that remain unpaid are sold at the Annual Tax Lien Sale conducted by the Treasurer in the same manner as a delinquent property tax lien. However, a homeowner or property owner with a mortgage on the property may place their mortgage in jeopardy by failure to pay a Special Assessment Lien.
When the annual installment of a special assessment becomes delinquent, the entire assessment goes to tax sale. Payment of the assessment can no longer be paid in installments and the entire amount must be paid in full.
18.I thought my property taxes paid for special improvements?
Not necessarily. Owners of property may petition to have the City or County construct the improvements. The City or County may initiate this action directly by passing a resolution to construct such improvements and assess the property benefited.

2016 Property Tax Notices

When are Property Tax Notices mailed?

Property Tax Notices are mailed by the end of January to the owner of record, as their name and mailing address are listed on the Tax Roll as of January 1st. The Tax Roll is prepared and maintained by the County Assessor.

Failure to receive a property tax statement does not exempt the taxpayer from timely payment of taxes due.

If you have not received a tax notice by January 31st, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 720.523.6160 and a duplicate notice will be sent.