Three years from the date of a tax lien sale, a holder of the Tax Lien Certificate of Purchase may request a treasurer’s deed if a redemption of the lien is not received. A treasurer’s deed transfers ownership to the new grantee, clear of all previous liens and rights of ownership, possession, or use. A treasurer’s deed is not a warranted title, but simply grants whatever ownership interest in the property the former owner possessed.
The holder of the Certificate of Purchase must fill out an application for the issuance of a treasurer’s deed, submit a deposit of $300.00 to cover the costs of processing the application (such as advertising and legal notices) and pay all other taxes, liens and special assessments that have been certified to the treasurer for collection.
Processing the treasurer’s deed on real property normally requires six to eight months. Processing a treasurer’s deed on mineral rights takes longer as the lien search takes much longer to complete since it must be searched back to the original patent. All timelines are based on volume.
See any Treasurer's Deeds currently being processed in the Public Notices section of this website.
Public Trustee Information
The Public Trustee is responsible for processing Releases of Deeds of Trust and Foreclosures on Deeds of Trust.
What are the requirements for filing a release of deed of trust?
- Whenever indebtedness secured by a lien has been satisfied, the creditor, within 90 days of satisfaction, shall release the lien. The creditor is required to submit the following to the public trustee’s office:
- Original Request for Release
- Recorded Deed of Trust, either an original or a legible copy
- Original note marked “paid”
- Filing fee (contact the Public Trustee's Office for current fee amount)
Note: If the note is lost, a Lost Instrument Bond is required.
Foreclosure sales are held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Treasurer’s Office. Persons wishing to bid must register and be present at the sale. Bid raises must be in increments of $100. The winning bidder must pay with certified funds or wire transfer by 2:00 p.m. the day of the sale. A Certificate of Purchase is issued to the high bidder upon payment.
For more detailed information about the foreclosure process, please stop by the office and we will be happy to assist you.
- How are taxes determined?
Property taxes are figured by multiplying the assessed value of your property (as determined by the assessor’s office) by the mill levy which is set by the various taxing entities. The Treasurer’s Office collects these taxes and distributes the monies to the taxing entities. Remember: Taxes due are for the previous year.
- Payment – When? Where? How?
You have a choice of paying your property taxes in full or in two equal payments. If you choose to pay in full, that payment is due by April 30th. If you choose to pay in equal installments, the first payment is due by the last day of February, and the second payment is due by June 15th. You may pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office located at 501 Palmer Street, Suite 202, in Delta or at the County Annex Building, 196 W. Hotchkiss Avenue, Hotchkiss, or you may mail your payment to the Delta County Treasurer, PO Box 580, Grand Junction, CO 81502-0580. United States Postal Service postmark is accepted for payment deadlines. We accept cash, checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, or certified funds. Be aware, however, that correct change may not always be available at the County Annex Building. Credit card or e-check payment may be made through GovPros.
- What if I am late in paying my taxes?
By state statute, there is a 1% late fee charged for each month the property taxes are late. The first week of September, manufactured home and personal property taxes that are unpaid shall be advertised in the local newspaper. Unpaid real estate taxes will be advertised in September/October for three consecutive weeks. Taxes that remain unpaid are subject to sale at the property tax lien sale, which is generally held the first Thursday in November.
Note: There are additional fees added to your tax bill if your property is advertised. Manufactured homes and personal property are also subject to a distraint notice, which shall be posted at/on the delinquent property. This notification defines the delinquent property, the amount due, and payment instructions. Distrained property shall not be moved or sold until the taxes are paid. The distraint posting will also generate additional fees which shall be included as "Fees" on the posted notice.