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Property Tax Relief and Reform

In 2023, Colorado experienced the most impactful property values reassessment in state history, resulting in a historic property tax increase statewide.

While the County Assessor is responsible for discovering, listing, classifying, and valuing all property in the county, property value reassessment is a state-controlled process implemented at the County level, and many state laws regulate these determinations.

County Governments do have the power to reduce the County’s Mill Levy, and Douglas County did so by returning a historic $37.8 million in tax relief without a reduction in County services while investing a historic $10.2 million in public safety.

Depending on when an individual property owner’s full tax payment is complete — either April or June — after property taxes are paid in full, property owners will receive a refund check in July.

Here is what you need to know. 

  1. Your 2024 property tax bill, from the County Treasurer, lists the multiple taxing authorities serving your home including Douglas County, School District, fire districts, metro districts, and more, and the costs for those services to your property. Know where YOUR money goes. Visit the Douglas County Assessor’s website for all the details.
  2. Become an expert on your property taxes.  In addition to visiting the Assessor’s website for your tax authority details, visit the information below for more and signup to receive property tax notification emails.

Property Tax Relief Checks

Property taxpayers in Douglas County will receive $37.8 million in tax relief in 2024, the result of a historic County mill levy reduction of 3.679 mills – the equivalent to 18.6% of the County mill levy. The rebate will come in the form of a mailed check in July 2024.

Why am I receiving a check from Douglas County?

The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners heard property owners concerns regarding the nearly 50% increases in property taxes this year.  As a result, the Board approved a tax relief measure to return $37.8 million to the taxpayers of Douglas County.  This check represents the individual property owner’s portion. 

Is this check from all my taxing authorities?

This check is only Douglas County Government’s tax relief amount.  This represents 3.679 of the total 19.779 mills Douglas County levies. 

What services are being impacted to provide this tax relief?

When will checks be mailed?

All checks will be mailed mid- to late July. This includes property taxes paid on time by either April 30 for full payments or June 15 for those who paid in two installments.  

My property taxes are paid by my mortgage company, will the tax relief check be sent to my mortgage company?

No, the check will be sent to the owner of record as of July 1, 2024. 

Can I deposit or cash my check with my bank?

Yes. 

What happens if I don’t deposit or cash my check?

After Dec. 1, 2024, uncashed checks will be credited toward the corresponding property taxes to be paid in 2025. 

Do I have to report this check on my income taxes?

This check is not a tax credit and is from county property taxes already levied and collected. This is not intended to be income and is issued for the general welfare of property owners in Douglas County. Please consult with your tax advisor for further guidance. 

Who gets the check when the property is being sold?

The check will be mailed to the owner of record as of July 1, 2024. 

How much did it cost the County to send this check to me?

The cost per check is 98¢Postage is 53¢ of this total amount. 

What happens if I have moved to a different address but still own the property?

Checks will be mailed to the owner’s address on file as of July 1, 2024.  

I received a Senior/Veterans exemption. Will I still get a check?

Yes.

I have a forward mail on file at the Post Office. Will my check be forwarded to me at this location?

Yes. 

What do I do if I should have received a check and didn’t?

Please call the Tax Relief Check Hotline at 303-660-7304. 

Live Town Halls

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners are committed to keeping their communities engaged in the property tax discussion.

View Live Town Hall Videos

Resources

Resources, for those who qualify, to help reduce property taxes.

Programs

General Property Tax Questions and Answers

Learn more about Property Taxes in Douglas County and the role of your elected leaders.

What has the County done/Is the County doing to help us?

The Board hosted three Property Tax Live Town Halls in April, May, and June, engaging thousands of residents in the conversation; the Board engaged in a legal challenge against Proposition HH and joined efforts to defeat the November ballot item; and hosted a Taxing Authorities Summit in August, with the primary goal to reach a property tax relief solution for the property owners we all serve. The County was active during the Special Session regarding legislative initiatives intended to mitigate the impact of property taxes. The Board, acting as the County Board of Equalization, working with the Assessor, used Colorado Law to adopt a 4% across-the-board reduction in residential property values to help mitigate the impact of increased values on Douglas County residential property owners. The State Board of Equalization (SBOE) denied the County’s effort, to which the County has stated it will appeal the SBOE’s decision.

The Board will adopt its 2024 Budget that for the sixth time in eight years will provide tax relief by reducing the County’s mill levy and returning $37.8 million in tax relief to property owners, without impacting investments in taxpayer services and investing in the top spending priority of Douglas County residents: public safety.

Where Do Tax Dollars Go? The County is but one of many taxing authorities

The County is but one of many taxing authorities providing services to residential properties and represents approximately 19 percent of a property-owner’s total tax statement for services. Check the Assessor’s website and you tax statement to learn more/drive to tax calculator.

What resources are available to older adults to help reduce the impact of increased property taxes?

Find out about programs that can reduce your property tax bill if you are 65 years old or older on the County Assessor’s webpage.