Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I pay my property taxes?
If your property lies within the boundaries of Yuma County you will pay your property taxes to the Yuma County Treasurer, 310 Ash Street, Suite C, Wray, CO 80758.
What are the payment dates?
Property taxes may be paid in full or by halves without interest by the following dates.
- Full Payment Deadline – April 30
- First Half Deadline – Last Day of February
- Second Half Deadline – June 15
What should I do if I don’t receive a property tax notice?
You owe tax on your property whether you get a tax notice or not. If you are not sure if you owe taxes, please check with the Yuma County Treasurer.
My mortgage company is supposed to pay my property taxes. Why did I get the tax notice and what should I do with it?
State law requires that the notice be mailed to the property owner. Most mortgage companies get their tax information from a private tax service or directly from the county. If you feel your mortgage company needs a copy of the tax notice, you may mail them a copy with your next payment.
Will Yuma County send second half notices?
No, Yuma County will not send out a second half notice.
What do my property taxes pay for?
Property taxes help pay for local government services, such as the following:
Public Schools; Police Sheriff, and Fire Protection; City and County Roads; Water and Sewer lines; Public Libraries; Recreation and Parks; Public Heath; Human Services.
I can’t afford to pay my property taxes on time. What should I do?
Property taxes on real estate paid after the due dates accrue interest at the rate of 12% per annum up to the tax lien auction.
If paying after the due dates, refer to the Interest Chart below or call the Yuma County Treasurer’s office for updated figures.
|Required Date of Payment||Last Day of February||June 15||April 30|
|Month Paid||Half Tax Option||Full Tax Option|
|1st Installment||2nd Installment|
|*Total taxes less than $25.00 must be paid using the Full Tax Option|
Delinquencies are normally advertised during the month of October, and the tax lien sale is held in November.
If at all possible, you should try to pay the tax by the end of September in order to avoid the advertising charges or at least before the tax lien sale. If you simply cannot pay before tax lien sale, take heart. There is a three-year redemption period during which time you can pay the delinquency plus accrued interest and fees. Remember, however, that the next year’s taxes will be coming due the first of the year. Make every effort to keep from falling behind on the payment of your property taxes because you could ultimately lose your property. If you have more questions, contact the Treasurer’s office.
What is a Certificate of Taxes Due?
A Certificate of Taxes Due is a certification that all property taxes have been paid on a property except those shown on the certificate as still due. This assures the purchaser of the certificate that there will be no hidden surprises such as prior year delinquent taxes not shown on the tax rolls. If such a case occurs, Yuma County will take care of any taxes that were omitted from the certificate.
Statutory Reference: 39-10-115, Colorado Revised Statutes
What is a Manufactured Home Authentication?
In order to change a title or move a mobile home in the State of Colorado, you will need to purchase an Authentication from the Yuma County Treasurer. This form must accompany the title when submitted to the State and it must be in the mover’s possession while the home is in transit. In addition, an orange card will be issued with the Authentication when purchased for movement. All taxes must be paid before the Authentication will be issued, including the next year’s tax if moving out of the city and county. For moves out of state or to a dealer’s sales lot, the next year’s taxes will be prorated.
Statutory Reference: 42-4-510, Colorado Revised Statutes
What is a title Purge?
You no longer have a title to the mobile home when it is purged. The Mobile home is attached to the real estate. (See Instructions for a title Purge located in the forms section.)
How are my property taxes calculated?
Property taxes are the result of multiplying the assessed value times the mill levy for the taxing area. The assessed value is a percentage of the actual value of your property. (For more information concerning valuation for taxation, contact the Yuma County Assessor.) The mill levy for the taxing area is the combination of the separate mill levies for each taxing authority that contains your property within their established boundaries.
Example: Assessed Value 31,550
Mill Levy Total x .099512 (usually expressed as 99.512)
Property Tax $3,139.60
Who sets the value for my property?
Actual values are determined by the Assessor. Assessed values are derived from the actual values using formulas set by the State of Colorado.
What is a Mill Levy and how is it figured?
The mill levy is the tax rate used to calculate the tax bills of individual properties within a taxing area (or district). Each taxing authority determines how much revenue they need from property taxes and divides that by the total assessed value of the properties within their boundaries, as supplied by the Assessor.
What can I do to lower my property taxes?
Taxing authorities, including schools and fire protection districts, levy property taxes in an amount necessary to meet budget needs for the following year. If you want to have a voice in the amount of taxes you will be asked to pay, you may want to attend public budget hearings and get involved in the process.
Are there programs to assist senior citizens in paying their property taxes?
Yes, The State of Colorado currently has three programs to assist senior citizens in paying their property taxes.
- The Tax Deferral program. Basically, any homeowner over the age of 65 can file for a tax deferral on his or her primary residence. There are several other qualifications that must be met. Tax deferral applications must be made to the treasurer each year. If approved, the State will pay the taxes for that year and attach a lien to the property. The lien will accrue interest at a rate set by statute and will become due and payable upon the sale of the property or the death of the applicant. Applications may be obtained from the Yuma County Treasurer or you may contact us by email at email@example.com.
- The Senior Property Tax Exemption program. Any homeowner who was 65 years or older on January 1st, has owned the property for more than 10 years as of January 1st, and resides in the home can apply for this exemption. Applications are made one time and only to the Yuma County Assessor. Once you are qualified, the exemption will lower the actual value of your property by 50% up to a maximum reduction of $100,000.00. The State of Colorado will pay the tax on the exempted portion.
Applications can be obtained at the Yuma County Assessor’s Office or online form the Colorado Property Tax Administrator.
- The Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate program. This is administered through the Colorado Department of Revenue State Income Tax system and is based on your income. If you are a full-year Colorado resident, 65 years of age or older, disabled, or a surviving spouse 58 years of age or older, you may qualify for the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate and/or the Property Tax Deferral. Qualified applicants can receive a rebate of their property tax and of their heating expenses paid during the year, either directly or as part of their rent payments, by filing the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate Application Form 104PTC.
For more information, contact the Colorado Department of Revenue at (303)232-2446, or check with the person who does your income tax preparation.
NOTICE TO AN OWNER IN FORECLOSURE: If your property goes to foreclosure auction sale and is purchased for more than the total owed to the lender and to all other lien holders, please contact the public trustee’s office after the sale because you may have funds due to you.
Treasurer Fees C.R.S. 30-1-102
*In accordance with state law, the County Treasurer shall charge and receive the following fees:
|For each copy of a receipt issued for current year taxes||$2.00|
|For each copy of a receipt issued for prior years||$5.00|
|Advertise delinquent personal property taxes (or the cost of advertising, whichever is greater)||$10.00|
|Certificate of Taxes Due||$10.00|
|Advertise each real property description for sale (delinquent taxes due)||Estimated cot of advertising but not less than $10.00|
|Advertise each Manufactured Home for sale –September (delinquent taxes due)||$10.00|
|Second advertisement of Manufactured Homes for sale –October||$15.00|
|Certificate of Purchase||$4.00|
|Endorsement of subsequent taxes paid on Tax Certificates||$5.00|
|Notice of Purchase||Cost of Advertisement|
|Treasurer’s Deed (if the application IS NOT advertised)||$35.00|
|Treasurer’s Deed (if the application IS advertised)||$75.00|
|Certificate of Redemption||$7.00|
|Research fee||$15.00 per hour or portion thereof
One hour minimum
Public Trustee Fees
The minimum required fee for the Public Trustee’s office to execute and record a Request for Release of Deed of Trust is $28.00
- Public Trustee Fee: $15
- Recording Fee: $13 for the first page (an additional $5.00 for each additional page of the same document.)
Please make checks payable to the Yuma County Public Trustee for the entire amount of the fee. At this time, we are unable to accept payment with a credit or debit card.
Why do I have to pay a fee?
The Public Trustee’s Office is funded by user fees that are set by Colorado Revised Statutes. No tax money is used by this office.