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SHERYL L. HEWLETT, TREASURER
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for mailing property tax notices, collecting and distributing property tax collections to taxing entities (schools, towns, fire departments, library district, special districts). The Treasurer’s Office is also responsible for receiving and receipting all money due the County from the various County departments, which includes keeping accurate and detailed records of all monies received or disbursed.

OFFICE HOURS AND SERVICES
Regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:30AM to 5:00PM (Closed on Fridays.)

Property tax payments are accepted through the drive through, drop box, mail and on our website, http://www.elbertcounty-co.gov – click on “Online Services,” then “Pay Taxes Online.” Statement of Taxes Due for Building Permits are available on our website as well.

We are working in the office and here to assist you by the resources mentioned above. For assistance please call (303) 621-3120 or (303) 621-3118 or by email at sherry.hewlett@elbertcounty-co.gov.

Tax Lien Sale:

The sale is currently scheduled for November 17, 2020.  We will be conducting an online sale this year due to COVID-19.   We will be utilizing the services of SRI, Incorporated for the online auction. 

You will need to create an account through Zeus at www.zeusauction.com prior to the sale.   The link needed will be on the website closer to the sale date, but you can put the link above in your web browser to get there.  Please remember your user name and password, we will not have access to that information after you register. 

How the Auction works:

Once you register with Zeus, you will be able to view demonstration auctions allowing you to experience the auction process without worry. There are several demonstration auctions available and all auctions can be setup differently, so they might not look identical to Elbert County's auction, but investors can get an idea of how the auction works by using the demonstration.

Please check our website for more information closer to the sale or contact our office at (303) 621-3120 or (303) 621-3118 with any questions. 

While we will miss seeing you at the live auction, we believe this is the best way to proceed under the current pandemic situation.  We appreciate our investors and thank you for partcipating.

Update July 28, 2020

Thank you to all Elbert County Citizens who were patient during the closure of the Samuel Elbert Building due to the Covid-19 crisis.  We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during this difficult
time and hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

The Board of County Commissioners on July 22, 2020 approved the County Manager's recommendation to close county offices to walk in traffic effective July 27, 2020. 

"The reason for the closure is that Elbert County has seen enough new cases of COVID-19 in the recent past that our variances relating to restaurants, fitness centers and gyms, gatherings, and personal services are at risk. The state’s conditions on those variances are that if the county exceeds seven new cases in a two week period, it must implement a mitigation plan to reduce virus transmission to lower levels. The County building closure is part of that mitigation plan."

"We have exceeded the seven new cases in a two week period.  While our case counts are still low, and we are doing a good job in comparison to the state numbers, we are at risk of losing our variances and the ability to manage our own COVID-19 response based on local conditions.  If that happens, we will be required by the state to follow all state guidelines under “Safer at Home”."

The Treasurer's office will continue to serve the citizens of Elbert County through the drive thru, drop box, mail, telephone, online services and email just as before.

I encourage you to continue to use these avenues of payment and/or communication to cut down on public traffic in our building so we may continue to practice social distancing. In the event you feel the need to come into the Treasurer's office, please call (303) 621-3120 to make an appointment. 

During your appointment at the SEB, please remember to maintain the 6 foot social distancing limitation.  We have installed sneeze guards to protect the citizens and staff during your appointment as well as markings for distancing. 


For more information contact Sherry Hewlett, Elbert County Treasurer, at: (303) 621-3118 or sherry.hewlett@elbertcounty-co.gov.


PROPERTY TAX DEADLINES
• First half payment due on February 28
• Second half payment due on June 15
• Third option is to pay in full by April 30

Please note: If one of the deadlines falls on a Friday or a holiday when County offices are closed, you have until the next business day to submit payment. We accept postmarks on current year taxes, but not on tax liens.

Receipts and statement of taxes due can be printed from our website after you pull up your account. These forms are located on the left side of the screen.

PROPERTY TAX DEFERRALS
For instructions regarding the Property Tax Deferral Program please go to the Colorado Treasurer Association website, select County Treasurers/CCTA Forms/Tax Deferral and Instructions. The forms are on that web site as well; however, they can also be downloaded from the “Treasurer Forms” link to the left.

SENIOR/DISABLED VETERANS EXEMPTION
A property tax exemption is available to senior citizens, qualifying disabled veterans, and the surviving spouses of senior citizens or disabled veterans who were previously granted the 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. 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) occupy it as their primary residence and have done so 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 exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who previously met the requirements. The application deadline for 2020 is July 15. The application form is available from and must be submitted to the county assessor at the following address: Elbert County Assessor, 221 Comanche Street, P.O. Box 26 Kiowa, CO 80117, Phone (303) 621-3101, Fax (303) 621-3173, assessor@elbertcounty-co.gov.

Disabled Veteran Exemption: 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 federal Department of Veterans Affairs as a one hundred percent permanent disability through disability retirement benefits. Disabilities rated at less than one hundred percent and VA unemployability awards do not meet the 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 2020 is July 1. Applications are available from the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DVMA) at the address and telephone number shown below and from the website of the Colorado Division of Property Taxation. Completed applications must be submitted to the DVMA 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, Phone 303-284-6077 Fax: 303-284-3163, www.colorado.gov/vets

Disabled Veteran Surviving Spouse Exemption: 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 2020 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.