Resiliency in 2021
Due to the 2020-21 pandemic, it has taken resiliency to assist Jeffco taxpayers and to keep our County and Special Districts funded to provide vital services.
The virus has affected taxpayers physically, mentally, and financially. Many citizens have lost their jobs, their businesses and/or have been furloughed causing a financial strain on personal budgets.
My department and I worked with taxpayers in 2020 on waiving late payment interest and taking multiple payments on property taxes for residential and commercial properties. We made every effort to assist property owners in paying their property taxes in Jeffco.
Due these efforts, 2020 property tax collections were less than 1% less than 2019 collections. The 2020 tax lien sale was about 100 properties less than 2019, which is good news. In 2020 we had approx. 400 payment plans, and all were paid in full except for 10. I have also been distributing CAREs Act Funds and other COVID grants to local businesses and non-profits based on the criteria from the federal government and the County Commissioners.
We will continue to support and work with property owners in 2021.
We are all in this together. Let’s do our best to protect each other and each other’s mental and financial health in 2021 – shop local and live local.