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Posted on: March 9, 2022

How Jefferson County Serves its Community

Commissioner Dahlkemper headshot, name and district

Jefferson County is a beautiful place to call home. Our innovative spirit attracts businesses, and our breath-taking surroundings draw outdoor enthusiasts. Everything we do as your county government is based on the belief that we should provide equitable, quality services that allow residents and business to thrive. 

County programs fill the gap in areas that the state and city governments do not. This includes providing law enforcement county wide and running the court system for the state and county jail, which all cities need and use. The county registers voters and holds secure elections. Our team also keeps track of vital records like deeds, birth, and death certificates. We build and maintain 3,600 miles of road, as well as bridges. Jefferson County provides health care and food assistance to lower-income residents and emergency management services during times of crisis. We also provide library services and assess property and collect taxes on behalf of other entities and special districts like public schools, fire protection, water, and recreation.

On occasion, taxpayers assume Jefferson County Public Schools are overseen – and funded – by Jefferson County government. They are not. Jeffco Public Schools has its own governing board and separate tax authority. Similarly, Jefferson County Public Health and the Jefferson County Public Libraries have their own governing boards. 

Some of the confusion may be tied to the word ‘county’. When you pay your property tax bill, you make one check out to Jefferson County. However, only 24 cents of every property tax dollar stays with the county to provide services. The other 76 cents goes to the cities, schools, and special districts.

We’ve also been talking with our community about the county’s financial challenges. Your voice matters. Please take our budget survey and let us know what county services are important to you. You can find that survey and more information on the Funding Challenges page on jeffco.us. Thank you for your help! We know our policy decisions are better informed when we hear from our community. 

Lesley

To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit our website. The Board of County Commissioners’ public hearings are held on most Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and we invite you to join us for public comment. Get full details on our meetings page.

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