The main functions of the County Treasurer's Office are to collect taxes and disburse them to the appropriate taxing districts and to maintain and invest the County's financial resources. There are 26 special districts, 1 city, 2 towns, and 3 school districts in La Plata County, each with its own mill levy. The Treasurer's Office sends out tax notices to each real and personal property owner in La Plata County on an annual basis. As taxes are paid, the Treasurer's Office then allocates the tax revenue to the taxing entities based on their respective mill levies.
As the custodian of County funds, the Treasurer invests with the objectives of legality, safety, liquidity and yield in mind. The Treasurer applies the "prudent investor" rule to manage the County's portfolio (i.e., investments are made with judgment and care, not for speculation but for investment, considering the probable safety of the County's financial resources as well as the income that can be derived). The Treasurer maintains a diverse portfolio consisting of certificates of deposit, money market accounts, government securities and other acceptable investments under Colorado law.
- Treasurer Tax Account Inquiry - Search and manage property tax accounts in La Plata County.
- Foreclosure Property Records Search
Tax bills were sent to all property owners, personal and real, last January. Follow-up notices (Delinquent Notices) were sent out in June to those who hadn’t paid by the due date. Now it is Fall. Here are the lists of owners who have not paid yet. One is for business owners who owe taxes on the personal property used in their businesses. The other list is for mobile home owners. The amounts-owed on these lists are good until September 30th. Additional fees will be added in October, and the property will be distrained. If the mobile home taxes are not paid by November 11th, the tax liens on these properties will go to Tax Lien Sale on November 13th.
- Information on the Public Auction of Delinquent Real Property Tax Liens / Bidding Rules / Summary of Important Dates
- 2015 Delinquent Corporate and Personal Property Taxes
- 2015 Delinquent Mobile Home Taxes
La Plata County Treasurer Welcomes Two New Employees
Ryan Hagin joins the La Plata County Treasurer’s Office as the new Deputy Treasurer. Hagin has a BA and an MBA in Finance, both from the University of New Mexico. He is a Certified Management Accountant, comparable to a CPA. He holds a “green belt” in Six Sigma, a process improvement methodology based in statistics and finance. His most recent role, at LinQuest, a military communications contractor, has been as a satellite intelligence cost accountant. He has also been a tax examiner for the State of New Mexico. In his new role at the Treasurer’s Office, he will be in charge of improving cash management operations, and improving financial returns on investments.
Pam Glasco joins the Treasurer’s Office as a Tax and Public Trustee Specialist. Glasco earned her BA in Economics from Colorado State University (Fort Collins). She has spent the last nine years working for the Business Improvement District in Downtown Durango. There she was responsible for attracting and retaining businesses. She is also a board member of Snowdown. She brings exceptional customer service skills, as well as a business improvement focus, to the Treasurer’s Office. In addition to other duties, she will be responsible for communication and training as we rollout our new processes, designed to reduce operating costs and production cycle times, as well as increase investor involvement.
Both Ryan and Pam are part of the transformation in the Treasurer’s Office to increase professionalism, and operate the Office as a cash management business.