COVID-19. On April 6, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 031 which amends and extends the provisions of Executive Order D 2020 012. These orders authorize the County Treasurers of the State of Colorado to take action to suspend or waive delinquent interest that may accrue pursuant to the provision of § 39-10-104.5 as a result of delinquent tax payments through April 30, 2020.
This means that the first half of the 2019 property taxes may be paid without any delinquent interest through the end of April.
The County Treasurer is responsible for mailing Property Tax Statements to the owner of the 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 Treasurer is an elected position with 4-year terms. Janice (Jan) Stout took office in 2007 and will serve through 2022.
The Treasurer also serves as Public Trustee in San Miguel County.
Property Tax Late Payment / Delinquent Interest Policy
March 23, 2020
Many taxpayers who had planned on paying their taxes in full by April 30th may find it difficult to do so now due to income loss during the COVID-19 virus emergency.
From now until April 20th, taxpayers may make a delinquent first half property tax payment (originally due March 2nd) without interest. The second half payment will be due on June 15th.
Due to computer system constraints, you cannot make this delinquent 1st half payment without interest through our online system. It will be necessary to mail a check to the San Miguel County Treasurer at P.O. Box 488, Telluride, CO 81435.
If either the Legislature or the Governor extends my authority beyond the April 30th full payment deadline, we will readdress this policy.
This waiver of the first half payment interest does not extend to accounts where the taxes are being remitted by a mortgage company through a taxpayer’s escrow account or by a title company as part of a real estate closing.
With Executive Orders D 2020 010 and D 2020 012, Governor Polis authorized the County Treasurers to suspend or waive delinquent interest that may accrue as a result of delinquent tax payments for 30 days. It is common when a Governor is overriding state law, to limit the executive order for 30 days to allow the Legislature to take action. Should the legislature not act within that time period, and the situation that brought on the need for the Executive Order still exists, it is also common for the Governor to extend those provisions.
While there is no guarantee that we will be able to waive interest for the full payment deadline on April 30th, it is likely.