Garfield County property taxes up $20M over last year | PostIndependent.com

Garfield County property taxes up $20M over last year

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Garfield County property owners can make tax payments online at www.garfield-county.com/treasurer/tax-payments.aspx through a secure payment portal with the Garfield County Treasurer’s Office. Once on the pay site, click on the button, search for a property by owner name, location,or account number, and click on the payment amount to open the online payment portal.

Online payments are subject to a $3 flat fee on electronic checks, or a 2.5 percent fee on credit cards ($3.95 minimum).

Credit card payments are accepted over the phone to (970) 945-6382. Property owners may also pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office: 109 Eighth Street, Suite 204, Glenwood Springs (Garfield County Courthouse), or via the payment drop box located inside the entrance to the courthouse, which does not require going through courthouse security.

To pay by mail, send to: P.O. Box 1069, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Payments cannot be made at any county building in Rifle.

When property tax payments are made by mortgage companies, homeowners should contact their lenders prior to the due dates to verify the payments have been made. Property taxes are due each year, whether taxpayers personally receive a tax notice or not.

If a tax notice does not arrive in the next two weeks, contact the treasurer’s office at 970-945-6382.

Senior citizens with questions regarding the Senior Exemption or Homestead Exemption programs should contact the Garfield County Assessor’s office at 970-945-9134.

Source: Garfield County

Garfield County property tax collections will increase about $20 million this year compared to 2018 — a combination of recent tax increases approved by voters in the fall and an increase in oil and gas property valuations.

Last week, approximately 30,000 property tax notices were mailed out to property owners in the county.

County commissioners for this year certified $147.9 million in taxes to be collected through the upcoming tax cycle. That’s up from $127.9 million in 2018, according to county officials.

The increase is largely due to several property tax questions that voters were willing to go along with in the most recent election, said Garfield County Assessor Jim Yellico.

Among them is the new $6.3 million in mill levy override dollars for the Garfield Re-2 School District.

Also included is a new property tax to support the inter-governmental Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which amounted to $930,000 from the three member jurisdictions in Garfield County — Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle. The new tax is not collected in unincorporated parts of the county. And, that amount does not include new property tax dollars going to RFTA from Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County.

Newly approved property tax dollars for three Garfield County fire districts are also in the mix, including Carbondale ($1 million), Glenwood Springs city fire ($461,000), Glenwood Springs Rural ($160,000) and Grand Valley Fire ($2.3 million).

In addition, the county saw an 8 percent increase in its total assessed valuation, mostly related to an increase in oil and gas production activity and expenses last year compared to the previous year, Yellico said.

“That was more than we had predicted,” he said. “Everything else was flat, except oil and gas.”

Last year was not a revaluation year. Those adjustments to residential and commercial property tax valuations will be coming this year, to be reflected on the 2020 tax bills, Yellico explained.

For this year, property owners may pay taxes in halves, or all at once, according to a county press release. The deadlines for half payments are Feb. 28 and June 15, and the deadline for a full payment is April 30.

This year, nearly 48 percent of property tax distribution goes toward K-12 public schools; 29 percent to special districts, fire districts, towns and water and sanitation districts; and 23 percent to Garfield County government.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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