The County Treasurer is responsible for mailing Property Tax Statements to the owner of record, collecting property taxes, and disbursing taxes to the taxing authorities (school districts, towns, the county, special districts, etc.).
Other duties of the Treasurer include receiving all monies sent to San Miguel County, maintaining correct and proper accounting of all monies, disbursing monies for obligations of the County on the orders of the Board of County Commissioners, and investing all monies until they are needed.
The County Treasurer also holds the office of Public Trustee and is responsible for processing Release Deeds of Trust and Foreclosures on Deeds of Trust.
The Treasurer operates under the authority of Article XIV, Sec. 8 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado. Activities of the office are directed by the Legislature of the State of Colorado through the Statutes. The Treasurer is an Elected Official, serving a four year term of office. Jan Stout was elected in 2007 and will serve through 2014.
Phone Number: (970) 728-4451
(US Post Office Only) PO Box 488, Telluride, CO 81435
(FedEx/UPS Only) 305 W. Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
2012 Tax Lien Sale for delinquent 2011 taxes - Monday November 26, 2012.
Tax Payment Deadlines:
Full Payment must be U.S. postmarked by Monday April 30, 2012
OR if paying in equal half payments
First Half Payment must be U.S. postmarked by Wednesday February 29, 2012 and
Second Half Payment must be U.S. postmarked by Friday June 15, 2012
1% interest for failure to pay by due date is charged on the first of each month with no proration according to Colorado State Statues. Payment cannot be accepted without interest if taxes are delinquent.
2013 Public Trustee Budget Information
Public Notice - The Public Trustee of San Miguel County will be holding a public hearing regarding the contemplated 2013 budget on October 25, 2012 at 10:30 am in the office of the Public Trustee. See the following links for further information.
Semi-Annual Statement to the BOCC as of December 31, 2011
Semi-Annual Statement to the BOCC as of June 30, 2012
- Property Taxes
- Public Trustee
Phone: (970) 728-4451
Fax: (970) 728-4397
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
305 W. Colorado Ave (County Courthouse)
PO Box 488
Telluride, CO 81435
Janice M. Stout, County Treasurer, Public Trustee
Mareen Dorka, Chief Deputy Treasurer
Ann Markuson, Deputy Treasurer
Primary Email: email@example.com
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The Property Tax Statement is mailed at the end of each 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's Office.
FAILURE TO RECEIVE A PROPERTY TAX STATEMENT DOES NOT EXEMPT THE TAXPAYER FROM TIMELY PAYMENT OF THE TAXES DUE!
If you have not received a tax statement by February 5th, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 970-728-4451 and a duplicate statement will be mailed.
The San Miguel County Treasurer must be notified of the change in mailing address for each property you own. Please make change of address in writing or by e-mail and include a contact phone number. Mail to the Treasurer at PO Box 488, Telluride, CO 81435 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If mailing your payment, please mail to the San Miguel County Treasurer's Office, PO Box 488, Telluride, CO, 81435. We do not receive mail delivery at the street address. Please include the payment coupon for each property.
We accept postmark for determining timeliness of payment for the three major tax payment deadlines. For other payments such as redemptions, the payment must be actually received in the office by deadline for the payment to be on time.
Overnight Delivery or In Person
Payments may be made in person or sent overnight to the Treasurer's Office on the main floor back portion of the County Courthouse, 305 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO, 81435. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Online payments are subject to a convenience fee charged by our vendor. Please click on the "Tax Info" button on the left sidebar.
Colorado Revised Statutes mandate that the Treasurer mail the Property Tax Statement to the owner of record, as their name and address are listed on the Tax Roll certified by the County Assessor. Therefore, your mortgage company DOES NOT receive a copy of the Property Tax Statement. 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 Statement, simply send them a photocopy or contact the Treasurer's Office for an additional copy.
Remember it is your responsibility to make certain your taxes are paid on time even if you have a mortgage company who pays your taxes on your behalf.
Property Taxes are due January 1st for the previous year. Payment may be paid in two equal installments or in one full installment. Only HALF or FULL payments can be accepted per Colorado Revised Statutes. Partial payments are not acceptable and will be returned to the sender. Payments bearing U.S. postmarks for payment deadline dates will be accepted as timely paid. If no postmark is shown on a mailed payment, the payment will be considered late if received later than 5 days after payment due date according to HB 1046. Delinquent interest at 1% per month is added to the tax amount if your payment is postmarked after the deadline date or has no postmark and is received over 5 days after the payment deadline.
Half payment option due dates
Note: When the tax amount is twenty-five dollars ($25) or less, the half payment option does not apply; therefore, a single payment must be received by April 30th.
Full payment option due date
Property taxes become delinquent June 16th.
Ad Valorem taxes are based on the property value only, and not the property owner's ability to pay.
TAX LIEN SALE - MONDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2012
The 2012 Tax Lien Sale will be held on MONDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2012. Investors interest rate on the tax certificates sold in 2012 will be determined by the banking commission in September.
Purpose of Tax Lien Sale
All property (real) taxes must be collected in order to meet the budget of all certified taxing authorities. Therefore, an annual Tax Lien Sale is held to collect the unpaid taxes. These taxes are purchased by investors who, in turn, earn interest on the tax liens against these properties. The amount of the individual tax lien(s) purchased includes the amount of tax, delinquent interest (November), advertising and certificate fee.
Three years following the date of Tax Lien Sale, an application for a Treasurer's Deed may be accepted from the tax lien holder if redemption of the lien is not received. The application process ranges from five to six months. All legally interested parties are given a 120-day redemption period to keep their interest in the property. Deed applications involves: remittance of $500.00 deposit to cover fees for advertising, certified mailings, title searches, and miscellaneous legal fees.
Element of Risk
It is important to remember the element of risk involved in the purchase of tax liens. The purchase of tax sale liens of properties under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and those affected by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could possibly result in the loss of interest as could destruction of the property. It is impossible for this office to identify the potential problems in this area. Please conduct your own investigation to reduce the possibility of loss of interest to you.
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Please be advised that the Office of the San Miguel County Public Trustee does not give legal advice. Parties in need of legal advice are encouraged to conduct their own investigation into the release and/or foreclosure process and/or seek legal counsel in the private sector.
Execute and record a Release of Deed of Trust
Requirements to Release Deed of Trust and definitions
Current Request Form for Full or Partial Release of Deed of Trust with Evidence of Debt. Instructions for completing Release with Evidence of Debt
Current Request Form for Full or Partial Release of Deed of Trust without Evidence of Debt (Only qualified holders can release without Evidence of Debt). Instructions for completing Release without Evidence of Debt
Commencement and Processing Foreclosures
Requirements for commencing a foreclosure
Maintain Record Book for Foreclosure Sales
Record book requirements
How to Cure a Foreclosure - You've received notice your property is in foreclosure - now what? This brochure will give you some important information.
Redemption of Foreclosures - Junior Lien Holders have the right to redeem after sale.
The Treasurer does not determine taxes.
Frequently asked questions, such as:
How are taxes determined on my property?
Why do I have to pay property taxes?
When should I receive my Property Tax Statement?