In the private sector, businesses must protect their customer base. In the public sector, government must protect its taxpayer base. In both scenarios, the base is PEOPLE. As your Jefferson County Treasurer, I have always, and will always, protect and support our County tax base, YOU – the taxpayer.
As you know, I was elected Jefferson County Treasurer in the November 2018 election. Since taking office, my staff and I have been making great strides in improving several areas of the JeffCo Treasurer’s Office.
Due to the 2020-22 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. Thanks to House Bill 20-1421 (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1421) and Senate Bill 21-279 (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb21-279), which I supported and testified on, my department and I worked with taxpayers in 2020 and 2021 on waiving interest on late payments and accepting payment plans on property taxes for residential and commercial properties. We made every effort to assist property owners in paying their property taxes in JeffCo.
In 2020, my department distributed CARES Act Funds and other COVID grants to local businesses and non-profits based on the criteria from the federal government and the Jefferson County Commissioners. I will continue to support and work with taxpayers and our special districts in 2022 and beyond. We are all in this together. Let’s do our best to protect each other and each other’s mental and financial health in 2022 – shop local and live local.
Fiscal Transparency – The new Treasurer’s Office financial reporting system, which includes the General Fund, Treasurer’s Budget and Quarterly Investment Portfolio, is now available on the JeffCo Treasurer’s webpage at www.jeffco.us/809/Treasurer under “Financial Reports” and “Treasurer’s Notes”.
Efficiency – I have reduced the Treasurer’s Office expenses by $107,000 in 2020 and by $100,000 in 2021. Beginning in 2020, to save taxpayer dollars on mailings (and some trees), my office mails out one, not two, annual Property Tax Notices. We continually cross-train within the Treasurer/Public Trustee Department to enhance customer service for the public.
Customer Service – Our office is making every effort to have phone calls answered by a live person, and to return all voicemails by the end of the same business day. Our office hours have been adjusted to 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. We have also added a “Chat” function on the JeffCo Treasurer webpage, https://www.jeffco.us/809/Treasurer .
Breaking Down Silos – The Treasurer’s Office is communicating with the public, the County Commissioners and other JeffCo departments more than ever before. Additionally, the Treasurer’s Office is supporting the Clerk & Recorder and the Sheriff’s Office with banking services and internal financial services, such as money orders for the County Clerk’s Office for passports. See https://www.jeffco.us/3834/Treasurers-Notes or https://www.jeffco.us/3815/Financial-Reports.
Public Trustee Duties – I have assumed additional duties and staff as the Public Trustee pursuant to HB 19-1295 (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1295). Commencing on July 1, 2020, the County Treasurer for each Class 2 county (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo and Weld) became the Public Trustee for their county. For more information, please see the JeffCo Public Trustee webpage at https://www.jeffco.us/807/Public-Trustee.
I am running for re-election in 2022!
If you are interested in making a campaign contribution to support my re-election in 2022, please visit my website at www.jerryditullio.com and click on the Donate button located on the right of the page, or click here to donate: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jdttreasurer.
You may also mail a personal check (corporate or business checks not allowed) to:
Citizens to Elect Jerry DiTullio
4465 Kipling St., Suite 103
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Payable To: Citizens to Elect Jerry DiTullio
Any amount will help – $250 $100 $50 $25. As always, I will represent you and will work to safeguard your hard-earned tax dollars. Thank you!
JeffCo Treasurer/Public Trustee
720-253-6785 (personal cell)