Late Payment / Delinquent Interest Policy
April 07, 2020
With Executive Order 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. By law, the Governor must 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, the Governor can choose to extend those provisions.
There is no guarantee that we will be able to waive interest for the full payment deadline on April 30th.
I know that many taxpayers had planned on paying their taxes in full by April 30th. I also know that paying in full will now be difficult for many taxpayers. From now until April 30th, my office will accept delinquent 1st half payments (originally due March 2nd) without interest. The second half payment will be due June 15th.
I have been authorized to accept multiple payments from any taxpayer ahead of the payment deadlines. As I have not been authorized to waive interest after April 30th, I encourage you to make the first half payment on or before April 30th and the final payment on or before June 15th to avoid additional charges.
Unfortunately, you cannot make this 1st half payment without interest through our online system. Instead, please drop a check in the ballot drop box located outside the courthouse. You can also mail the check to P.O. Box 790 – Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
If either the Legislature or the Governor extend my authority past 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.
The Executive Order only extends to current year (2019 taxes) delinquent tax payments, not on any other interest or fees and only applies to payments made between March 20th and April 30th.
As always, you can call the Treasurer's Office at 970-264-8325 #1 if you have any questions.
Elsa P. White
Archuleta County Treasurer
• Mailing property tax statements to the owner of record
• Collecting property taxes
• Disbursing taxes to the taxing authorities (school districts, cities/towns, the county, fire districts, special districts, etc.)
• Receiving all monies sent to Archuleta 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
• Investing all monies until they are needed
Article XIV, Section 8 of the Constitution of the State of Colorado is the authority by which the Treasurer operates. Activities of the office are directed by the Legislature of the State of Colorado through the Statutes. The Treasurer is an elected official, serving a four-year term of office.
The Treasurer does not determine the amount of tax to be collected. Property Tax is determined by the Assessor's Office.