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About the Treasurer’s Office
The Jefferson County Treasurer is an elected official who must be a qualified elector of the state of Colorado and a Jefferson County resident for at least one year before being elected. The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners appropriates the treasurer's office budget.
All treasurer’s office activities are specifically mandated by the Colorado Constitution and state statutes.
Treasurer Glossary of Terms
See the Glossary of Terms (PDF) used within the Treasurer’s office.
Collect all real and personal property taxes for the county, the school district, all cities and more than 180 special districts that operate in the county.
The treasurer is not responsible for calculating or determining the amount of taxes due. The assessor is responsible for determining the property value. The state legislature establishes the assessment rate, and the county commissioners, city councils, school board and the boards of directors of the special districts set the tax rate (mill levy) for their district.
Account for and disburse all property taxes. More than 70% of the property taxes collected by the Jefferson County Treasurer are disbursed to the cities, the school district and the special districts.
The Treasurer disburses taxes monthly to each of the taxing authorities but does not disburse funds allocated for county use. The Jefferson County Commissioners are responsible for disbursing these funds through warrants.
Invest county funds until the money is needed to pay obligations.
The Treasurer is not responsible for sales tax assessed in the county. The state department of revenue collects all county sales tax.
The Jefferson County Treasurer serves as the banker for the county and is responsible for receiving and depositing all county revenues, including property taxes. The treasurer is also responsible for investing and safeguarding these funds per state statute until they are disbursed for county expenditures and purchases.
The treasurer invests certain county funds until they are needed to pay obligations. The general guidelines for selecting investments involve safety, liquidity and earnings.
To assure safety, the county has adopted investment restrictions and procedures, which are more conservative and stringent than state statutes require. Deposits held in banks are collateralized in excess of FDIC insurance levels.
The county maintains liquidity by investing primarily in bonds issued by the U.S Treasury and other federal agencies. The county's portfolio is highly liquid and emphasis is placed on accurately planning to match expenditures. Given the restrictions of safety and liquidity, the county maximizes earnings through sophisticated institution investing techniques and minimizes the costs of banking and safekeeping.