Financial Realities for Jefferson County

Jefferson County has a reputation as a wonderful place to live, visit, and conduct business. However, the quality services the county provides to residents and local businesses come at a cost. Taxpayer dollars allow the county to deliver vital services but continued increasing demand for services has created a significant financial challenge. 

As we’ve been discussing with our community, the county had to make budget cuts within the General Fund to balance the county’s budget. These cuts to the General Fund totaled $16.1 million in 2020 and approximately $8.7 million in 2021. These reductions affect essential public services such as public safety, roads and more. There are more tough decisions ahead and the county is evaluating all areas for opportunities for efficiencies, reductions or eliminations. We will continue to work to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community and those things only government can do.

Select from the tiles below to find out more of what you want to know about the Jefferson County budget and to let us know what is services and programs matter most to you. This page will be updated regularly, so continue to check back for new information.

Budget Basics

Before you dive into the specifics, it might be helpful to learn more about some of the basics of the county’s budget or how your property taxes are calculated by watching these informational videos. 

Budget-101-VideoSelect this image to view the Budget 101 Video (YouTube). 

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What Do You Want to Know More About?

Select this image to connect to more information about what makes up the Jeffco budgetLearn more about the 33 separate funds the county operates out of which
work together to achieve a balanced budget and overall
mission set forth by the BCC.

Contact Us

We have been – and we will continue to – work together with our stakeholders, elected officials and county staff – to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community. We’re also listening closely to our community has to say. We want to know what services and programs matter most to you. What are your budget priorities? We’re facing tough choices ahead and we want to work through them together.

You can also always reach out to your county commissioner – find your commissioner’s contact information on the Board of County Commissioner’s website.