Governor Jared Polis signed a law in June 2019 that puts the Public Trustee’s office into the Treasurer’s office.  For many decades, most counties were already combined offices, excepting several of the Denver-metro counties, who’s Public Trustee was appointed by the governor and not elected as the Treasurer of the county.  The law goes into effect on July 1, 2020.

In Adams County, very little will change for the people who have business with the Public Trustee (currently, Ms. Susan Orecchio), who is anticipated to remain the Public Trustee under the Treasury (Treasurer elected by Adams County voters, Lisa L. Culpepper, JD) for some time after the merger.

As Public Trustee Orecchio and Treasurer Culpepper continue to develop their merger transition plan, we will post updates to the Treasurer’s website.  Call 720.523.6160 (Treasurer’s office) if you have any questions.


The satellite office of the Treasurer, at the Adams County Human Services Center, is closed permanently. A new satellite office location will be announced in the near future.


Click here to make a tax payment online, view your parcel details, obtain current and prior year payment history and receipts, and view or print your current year tax statement.


The Adams County Treasurer is a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term and is charged with collecting all county property taxes, distributing those taxes to the various underlying taxing authorities, and investing the difference on behalf of the county.


Property taxes are collected one year in arrears. In 2018 the Treasurer's Office will collect the 2017 taxes for a total value over $700 million on approximately 180,000 tax bills.
By June 30th each year, the Treasurer's Office collects about 95% of all taxes billed. By December 31st, 99.9% of all taxes will be collected.
IMPORTANT:  The Assessor maintains the mailing addresses for tax statement notifications. Click here to print the form.  When completed, mail the form to:
Adams County Assessor’s Office
4430 South Adams County Parkway
2nd Floor, Suite C2100
Brighton, CO 80601
Once updated, the Assessor’s file rolls to the Treasurer’s system, therefore notification to the Treasurer’s office is not necessary. 


The Treasurer’s office will distribute property taxes to approximately 350 underlying taxing authorities with the following breakdown for 2017:
Type of Levy Tax % Distributed
School Districts 52%
County 24%
Special Districts 19%
Cities 5%
Total 100%


The office prepares monthly statements reflecting amounts collected and disbursed to all underlying authorities. Click here to view statements.


The Treasurer manages the County’s investment portfolio in accordance with Colorado State Statutes and the Adams County Treasury Investment Policy (Rev’d 2019).  Our primary objective of investment activities, in order of priority, is always safety; liquidity; and, lastly, yield. Our diverse portfolio holds: Federal Agencies, US Treasuries, CDs, Money Markets, Commercial Paper, and, Corporate Bonds.  Our liquidity needs are met with deposits into our various banks (the deposits on which we earn interest), and, into Colorado’s authorized local government investment pool funds (currently, ColoTrust, CSafe, and CSIP). 


:       In addition to the collection of taxes, the Treasurer’s Office also administers tax deferment applications, manufactured home authentications, prepares Certificates of Taxes Due, prepares tax lien sale, processes redemptions, and responds to all other inquiries related to taxation.
Reports of the fiscal activities of the Treasurer's Office are submitted to the County Commissioners and published at least annually.
The Treasurer enforces collection of delinquent real property (“ad valorem”) taxes by conducting an annual delinquent real estate tax lien sale.  Mobile homes are subject to distraint and are sold in the sale or the liens held by the County.  Business Personal Property taxes that become delinquent are collected through Tax Compliance, a division in the Treasury, through distraint, seizure, and, sale of the property at public auction of the property.
The Treasurer is also a constitutionally-mandated member and Treasurer of the Adams County Retirement Board.

Lastly, the Adams County Treasurer’s office sponsors the Free IRS Income Tax Preparation Program (through the Internal Revenue Service) – serving our income-qualifying residents with free income tax preparation.  All staff and volunteers in this program have been extensively trained by the Internal Revenue Service to assist in Federal and State income tax return preparation.



Please contact the Treasury by email at or by phone at 720.523.6160 with any comments, questions, or suggestions so that we can better serve you.  Thank you!


To see “What’s New” and our annual “Newsletters” click here
Lisa L. Culpepper, J.D.
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Suite C2436
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6160
Fx: 720.523.6175

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Excluding holidays)

The satellite office of the Treasurer, at the Adams County Human Services Center, is closed permanently.
A new satellite office will be announced in the near future.