Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail

Payments can be made online; deadline for first half payment is Feb. 28

January 27, 2021

Garfield County property tax notices are in the mail, and residents can expect them in the coming days. Approximately 30,000 notices were mailed out to property owners on Jan. 22.

The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners has certified $148.7 million in taxes to be collected through this tax cycle, down from $153.7 million in 2020. Property owners may pay taxes in halves, or all at once; the deadlines for half payments are Feb. 28, 2021, and June 15, 2021. The deadline for a full payment is April 30, 2021.

In 2021, just over 42 percent of property tax distribution is going toward Kindergarten through grade 12 schools; nearly 5.5 percent goes to local college districts, just over 31 percent to special districts, fire districts, towns, and water and sanitation districts; and just over 21 percent to Garfield County.

Property owners can make payments online at through a secure payment portal with the Garfield County Treasurer’s Office. Click on the button, and search for a property by owner name, location, or account number, and click on the payment amount to open the online payment portal.

In addition, credit card payments are accepted over the phone at (970) 945-6382. Property owners may also pay by drop box downstairs at the courthouse at 109 8th Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. If these options do not work, please call us to arrange for other alternatives. Online payments are subject to a $3.50 flat fee on electronic checks, or a 2.5 percent fee on credit cards ($3.95 minimum).

To pay by mail, please send to: Garfield County Treasurer’s Office 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, please contact the treasurer’s office.

Senior citizens with questions regarding the Senior Exemption or Homestead Exemption programs, should contact the Garfield County Assessor’s Office.

For questions about property tax payments, or the tax payment process, please call the treasurer’s office at 970-945-6382; or for valuation and assessment questions, call the assessor’s office at 970-945-9134.