Denver County Property Taxes

Denver County Property Tax 💰 | Denver Property Tax Guide & Paying Your Denver County Taxes

Are you thinking about moving to the Denver area? Whether you are moving to the gorgeous neighborhood of The Highlands or the peaceful area near Washington Park, it is essential to understand the local financial landscape, particularly property taxes. Property taxes make up a large part of the cost of living in Denver. Navigating Denver County property tax can be daunting, especially if you are new to the area.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Denver County taxes, helping you make informed decisions and avoid any unexpected surprises. From how Denver property tax values are assessed to the breakdown of where your tax dollars go, we’ve got you covered.

Denver County Property Taxes

Notebook with 'property' written on it and 'tax' spelled out with tiles.

Before diving into how Denver County property tax works, it’s important to know exactly what property taxes are. Property taxes are fees collected by the local government on personal property and are used to pay for municipal services such as schools, road work, zoos, and libraries. How much you will pay in Denver property tax is based on the value of the personal property and is paid for by the owner of the property. If you own any type of personal property within a Denver neighborhood or the Denver area, you will be required to pay property taxes.

The Denver County property tax process is fairly straightforward. According to the Department of Local Affairs, the county assessor is responsible for discovering, listing, classifying, and valuing all property in the county. Then, county commissioners, city councils, school boards, and other taxing authorities will determine their own specific tax rates.

From here, the tax rates of all the various taxing authorities providing services in the Denver area are added together to form the total tax rate. Property owners will receive a Notice of Valuation in April with the actual and assessed values, and tax payments are typically due in two installments, with the first half due by the end of February and the second half due on June 15.

A few local services work together to determine the Denver County tax rate. The roles of the Denver County Assessor and the Denver County Treasurer are related to Denver County property tax.

Denver County Assessor

The Denver County Assessor works to establish accurate values of all of the property located within Denver County, ensuring that the tax burden is equally distributed among property owners. Property is revalued every other year, so your assessed value will likely fluctuate. Property is valued using the market approach to value, meaning that the assessed value of the property is based on the sale of similar homes.

Once your property has been analyzed, the assessor mails out a Notice of Valuation by May 1. The notice will include the location, classification, the characteristics relevant to value, and the actual value of the property for the prior and current year. Additionally, the notice will include an estimate of the taxes you will be required to pay.

If you disagree with the actual value placed on your property, you must present an oral or written objection to the assessor by June 8. The assessor will then make a decision on your protest by July 10.

The Denver County Property Assessor is Keith Erffmeyer. His office is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Denver County Assessor’s Office, 201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 406, Denver, CO 80202, 720-913-1311.

Denver County Treasurer

After determining the value of your property, the Denver County Assessor will send their findings to the Denver County Treasury Division. The Treasury Division will then mail out your property tax bill. Once they have received your money order payments or credit or debit card payments, they will dole the money out to the proper institutions. In addition to collecting, recording, and depositing Denver taxes, the Treasury Division also:

  • Handles billing, payment processing, reconciliation, tax compliance, and tax auditing
  • Taxpayer education
  • Provides title and registration services
  • Handles property tax relief
  • Holds treasury public hearings

The City and County of Denver Treasurer is Steve Ellington. His office is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Denver County Treasury, 201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 1009, Denver, CO, 80202, 720-913-9300

Denver County Property Tax Rate

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According to Denver Gov, the Denver County property tax rate is determined by multiplying the property’s assessed value by the Mill Levy. When you get your Notice of Valuation, you will see your “actual value.” This value is reduced by the state-mandated assessment rate (6.8% for 2024), to arrive at an “assessed value,” which will be lower than your actual value.

A mill levy is a tax rate that is applied to the assessed value of a property. One mill equals one-thousandth of a dollar, or $1 of tax per $1,000 of assessed value. The mill levies are set on or around December 15 each year by the various Denver taxing authorities. In 2023, Denver’s combined general mill levy was 77.486 mills, or a tax rate of 0.077486 for every $1 of assessed value.

Therefore, the final equation for Denver County taxes is:

Assessed Value x Mill Levy = Property Tax Due

According to Redfin, the median home price in Denver is $620,000. Let’s use this number to calculate the average property tax in the area. With the 6.8% assessment rate, the home’s assessed value would be $42,160.

$42,160 x 0.077486 = $3,266.80

Using these calculations, the average property tax bill in Denver County is $3,266.80.

Denver County Property Tax Payments - Due Dates & How to Pay Your Tax Bill

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When are your Denver County property tax bills due? Property tax bills are sent out on or around January 1 of each year. If your total taxes owed come to $25 or more, you may pay your bill on or before the due date of April 30. Additionally, your real estate taxes can be paid in two equal payments. The first half of the payment is due by the last day of February, while the second half of the payment is due by June 15. If you owe less than $25, you must pay your bill in full on or before the due date of April 30. If any of these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the due date is moved to the next business day.

Denver County offers an online payment service for residents to pay their bills. Their online payment processing options include eCheck, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. You may not use a debit card as it requires a PIN and cannot be accepted online. If you choose to pay online, you will receive the option to pay your first half payment, second half payment, or full statement. You can pay your bill directly on the Denver Government website.

If you prefer to pay by mail, you can easily do so by sending a check or money order to the Treasury Division PO Box. All payments must be made payable to the Manager of Finance and must have a valid parcel number in the memo. You will mail property tax payments to:

City and County of Denver

Department of Finance, Treasury Division

PO Box 17420

Denver, CO 80217-0420

If your desired payment method is not listed above, then you can visit 201 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, 80202, to explore other options.

If you fail to make your payment, then interest accrues at the rate of 1% per month. If no payment attempts are made by July, you will receive a delinquency notice. Any unpaid taxes will be advertised in the newspaper and will be sold at a tax lien auction, which is typically held in November. The value of the lien at the auction is the sum of the unpaid taxes, delinquent interest, penalties, and fees. After the auction, you will owe monthly redemption interest on the face value of the lien until you redeem the property.

Denver County Property Search/Tax Records

Are you interested in Denver County property tax records? Property taxes in Denver County are public information, so you can usually find out how much any property owner in the area is paying. One great resource is the Denver County property tax search on the Denver Government’s website. This tool allows you to enter an address number or schedule number of any property in the Denver area. You can then see the property tax records for the area in question.

Denver property taxation and assessment system.

Denver County Property Tax Exemptions

There are a few Denver property tax exemptions and programs for you to consider.

Senior Property Tax Exemption

This property tax exemption is available for senior Colorado residents or their surviving spouses. To be eligible for this exemption, you must:

  • Be aged 65 or older before January 1 of the year you apply
  • Have owned and lived in your home for at least 10 consecutive years

To apply for this exemption, you must fill out the Short Form before July 15 of the year where you are seeking an exemption. Once approved, you do not need to apply again. However, you must report any changes in property ownership or occupancy within 60 days of the change.

Denver Property Tax Relief Program

This program provides a partial refund of property taxes (or the equivalent in rent) paid to qualifying residents. The average refund for this program is around $1,000, and you will get your refund in the form of a check in the mail. To qualify, you must have a disability, be 65 or older, or have at least one child living with you. Additionally, you must meet the income limits. You must have had an income equal to or less than 60% of the Denver Area Median income, depending on the number of people in your household. In 2023, this was $52,140 for one person, $59,580 for two people, $67,020 for three people, and $74,460 for four people.

Colorado Property Tax Deferral Program

The Colorado Property Tax Deferral Program is a loan with minimal interest. This program is available to senior citizens as well as active military members. The loan is recorded as a junior lien against the loanee’s property until it is paid in full.

If you are not eligible for the above loan, then you may still be able to access this program. Residents of any age may elect to defer a portion of their Denver County property tax if the property taxes increase by a specified amount (the tax growth cap). Currently, the tax growth cap in Denver is 4%. So, if your Denver County property taxes increase by 4% or more within a year, you may apply for this program.

Denver County Property Tax Appeals

Mallet laying on a paper that reads 'property tax appeal'

If you are worried that your Denver County property taxes are too high, then you’ll want to begin the appeals process. If you disagree with the actual value placed on your property on your Notice of Valuation, then you may present an oral or written objection to the assessor. These protests must be sent on or before June 8.

Then, the assessor is required to review your objection and make a decision on or before July 10. If you are not happy with the assessor’s decision, then you may appeal to the county board of equalization by July 15. The board typically conducts hearings through August 5 and will notify you of their decision in writing.

If you are still not happy with the outcome, the final step is to appeal to an arbitrator, district court, or the Board of Assessment Appeals within 30 days of the date the decision was mailed to you.

Denver County Property Tax FAQ

When Are Property Taxes Due in Denver County?

The due dates for Denver County property taxes are as follows:

  • First half of taxes: Last day of February
  • Second half of taxes: June 15
  • Full payment: April 30

How Do I Pay My Property Taxes in Denver County?

You can make full payment or installment payments online or via mail. Maintenance district payments and service liens can also be paid online or via mail.

When Are Denver County Property Tax Bills Mailed?

Denver County property tax bills are mailed out around January 1.

What Is the Denver County Property Tax Rate?

Based on the millage rate of 0.077486 and the average assessed home value of $42,160, the average Denver County property tax bill is $3,266.80.

Now that you know how Denver County property tax works, it’s time to get started with your relocation. Homegrown Moving & Storage is the best moving company around, and our experienced team of Denver movers is ready to get you settled into your new home. Give our team a call today at 303-587-6200 to discuss your move and get started with a free estimate.

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