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Jefferson County Treasurer Tax Payments During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Effective March 17, 2020 Jefferson County offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19. As a result, at this time the Treasurer’s Office cannot accept cash payments for taxes. Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to utilize alternative methods to pay their taxes including the following:

  • Mailing a check or money order by U.S. mail or overnight service to (please write your Property ID Number a.k.a. PIN on the check):
    Jefferson County Treasurer
    Attn: Jerry DiTullio
    100 Jefferson County Pkwy, Ste 2520
    Golden CO 80419-2520
  • Calling the Treasurer’s automated payment system at 866-898-2919. (Note: Additional fees may apply, and waiver of interest policies cannot be applied with this type of payment.)
  • Dropping off payments at the drive-thru Tax Payment drop-box or the drop-box located in the atrium of the Jeffco Courts and Administration Building – please do not drop off cash at these locations.
  • Making payments by wire transfer or ACH – please contact our office to obtain Electronic Transfer Instructions by calling (303) 271-8330, or email at treasurer@jeffco.us
  • Online payments are accepted through our Treasurer Property Records Search Application. (Note: Additional fees may apply, and waiver of interest policies cannot be applied with this type of payment.)

More information on how to pay your taxes using these methods is available on our payment options page.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public until at least June 1, 2020. Please call our main number 303-271-8330 or email us treasurer@jeffco.us for questions or if you would like to make an appointment to pay in cash.

Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak, I encourage all taxpayers to use these alternative payment options even after County offices reopen to the public. This will help to ensure the safety of the general public as well as the Treasurer staff, and will assist in our efforts to timely and efficiently process your payments.

Jerry DiTullio
Jefferson County Treasurer

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Federal Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

Governor Polis announced the Colorado’s plan to move to “Safe-At-Home” safety restrictions starting April 27.

Here is another resource released by the U.S. Federal government with their guidelines for opening up the country, published on April 16.

Click to read the document >>

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Introducing WRgiftcards.com!

The Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge just introduced the WRgiftcards.com - a website to help connect you, the local consumer, and the local businesses that offer gift cards / gift certificates to show your support of the local business. It is a working list that they are reaching out to the businesses to participate to create a hub to see the gift certificates available locally.

The City of Wheat Ridge’s Economic Development division will guarantee up to a $100 per household for any gift certificate(s) purchased from any Wheat Ridge licensed business, should the business ceases its operation before June 1, 2021.

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Currently Available Funding Resources as of 04/21/2020

Wheat Ridge Business Association is monitoring communications from many local and regional agencies so we can provide you with information needed for your business.

Our newsletter was sent out this morning with full of funding opportunities and other useful information on COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the WRBA Newsletter 4/21/2020 >>

If you wish to receive our newsletter directly into your inbox, please sign up here >>

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Gov. Polis Provides Update to Coloradans on State Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Today Governor Jared Polis discussed modeling data that shows how Coloradans are doing their part during the stay-at-home order and what next steps will look like as health and safety restrictions change in the coming days and weeks. 

“Coloradans in every corner of our state have stepped up and taken responsible steps to help bend the curve of this pandemic and we are grateful for these shared efforts that helped save lives and slow the spread. The deadly virus will continue to be with us, and we must wear masks and socialize less to avoid its rapid growth. For seniors and those with pre-existing conditions, it’s important to stay home whenever possible through May. Though we are moving into a sustainable way of living during this pandemic, there are tough days ahead,” said Governor Jared Polis. “This is a marathon – not a sprint, which was the easy part – now we need to pace ourselves and these distancing measures need to be sustainable. We’re going to have to learn to live with coronavirus for a while, but we must live not with anxiety or fear, but with extreme caution, especially if you are a member of a vulnerable population. I am thrilled that we are on the path to a sustainable way of living more safely, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t the potential that we have to return to a more cautious approach if the state sees a spike in new cases.” 

The Governor discussed new modeling showing the state will not need to extend the Stay-at-Home order that is set to expire at the end of the week, but will need to continue a variety of long-term social distancing measures. The modeling shows that the Stay-at-Home order has reduced social interactions by 75-80% since it went into effect. Currently, Colorado has 10,000 reported cases, however, the state believes the real number is closer to 65,000-75,000 Coloradans — about 1.1%-1.3% of the population.

There are three levels of social distancing, which include: Staying at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect our Neighbors. On April 27, the state will be moving onto the Safer at Home phase. During this phase Coloradans will no longer be ordered to stay home, but are still strongly encouraged to do so. Vulnerable populations and seniors must continue staying home except when absolutely necessary and K-12 school districts and postsecondary institutions will continue to suspend normal in-person instruction until the end of the school year.  

It’s important to note that there may be a fluctuation between the levels to recover from outbreaks, meaning that Colorado could return to the Stay-at-Home phase if there is a significant increase in cases or spread of the virus.

Local governments will have the opportunity to implement stricter restrictions, particularly those who may be experiencing an outbreak. 

For more details on what the Safer at Home phase of the pandemic looks like, please view the Governor’s presentation here.

The latest Colorado model report is now available to the public.

Watch the Governor’s news conference here.

To stay up to date, visit COVID19.Colorado.gov

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SBA’s $349 B Paycheck Protection Program Officially runs out of money

SBA announced on their website that they are currently not accepting new applications for their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as they have ran out of the fund appropriated.

The SBA website also states that they have stopped accepting applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Emergency Advance.

Read the article on Denver Business Journal >>

Visit SBA’s website regarding PPP >>

Visit SBA’s website regarding EIDL >>

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City of Wheat Ridge Launches Small Business Stabilization Program

Update 4/17/2020 – Please note that this application is closed and the form in no longer available on the City website.


The City of Wheat Ridge City Council approved a new Small Business Stabilization Program providing $250,000 in grants to small businesses in Wheat Ridge who have been significantly impacted due to the COVID-19 emergency. Applications are available on the City website and the deadline for submission is Friday, April 17, 2020, at noon.

“This new grant program is just one of the ways Wheat Ridge is supporting our local businesses,” stated Patrick Goff, Wheat Ridge city manager. “We have created a Sales Tax Deferment program, Localworks has an interest free loan program, and City staff and the Wheat Ridge Business Association have created two websites; Biz-Ridge.com and Eat-Ridge.com as well as a business toolkit. More information for businesses is also available on the City website designated for Business Continuity and Support.

“We recognize the impact COVID-19 is having on all of us and wanted to do what we can to help our businesses remain viable until we have contained the spread of the virus and can return to business as usual,” continued Goff.

Criteria for the new Wheat Ridge Business Stabilization Program include: for-profit independently owned companies physically located in the City of Wheat Ridge, in operation as of Jan. 1, 2020, and in good standing with the City as of Feb. 1, 2020; businesses who have fewer than 25 full-time employees; and those who have a verifiable hardship directly due to COVID-19. Additional criteria are listed on the application available on the City’s website. In addition to the application, applicants must submit a copy of their current business license and W-9 form. Grant funds are intended to be used for operational needs, lease or mortgage payments, payroll, and/or supplies and services. Upon receipt, the applications will be reviewed by a Task Force including City Councilmember Zach Urban, City Treasurer Chris Miller, Wheat Ridge Economic Development Manager Steve Art and representatives from the Wheat Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Wheat Ridge Business Association, Wheat Ridge Business District, and Wheat Ridge Localworks. The deadline for application is Friday, April 17 at noon. The Task Force anticipates notifying approved applicants by April 24, 2020. Applications are available on the City website and can only be accepted using this submission process.

The City of Wheat Ridge, located west of Denver with a population of 31,000 residents, is home to a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods. Wheat Ridge is a vibrant community in a prime location, providing easy access to the Denver metro area and to recreation west into the mountains. The City was recently ranked Top Smallest City by the Economic Development Council of Colorado. Info about Wheat Ridge ci.wheatridge.co.us

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Gov. Polis Extends Emergency Disaster Declaration

Gov. Polis signed an Executive Order today extending the disaster emergency declaration for COVID-19 for an additional 30 days. 

The disaster declaration allows Colorado to access additional resources, temporarily waives procurement statutes for purchases related to COVID-19, and authorizes the implementation of the State’s Crisis Standards of Care plan (CSC Plan). 

The CSC Plan was recommended by the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee on April 5, 2020, and  verbally adopted by the Governor. Read more about the Crisis Standards of Care.

Read the Executive Order

The Governor also signed an Executive Order extending deadlines for state severance taxes. This is a one-time extension from April 15, 2020 until May 15, 2020. Read the Executive Order.

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To Help You Navigate

The State of Colorado established a Small Business Navigator Hotline and Email for businesses seeking general guidance and information on access to capital programs. The Hotline is available at (303) 860-5881 Monday – Friday; 8 am – 5 pm MT or at oedit_sbnavigator@state.co.us

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The Three Step Process of the SBA Disaster Loans

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.

THIS PDF explains the step very well. Hope you find this useful, too.