Treasurer & Public Trustee

Deanna M Jaramillo


County Treasurer 

The county treasurer is responsible for the collection, custody, maintaining accurate and proper accounting & distribution of county funds. The treasurer also has the responsibility of mailing annual & delinquent property tax notices, collecting tax payments & disbursing monies to the taxing entities. The treasurer holds an annual tax lien sale auction to collect outstanding delinquent tax monies. The treasurer’s office serves as a general collection agency for all county departments.


Public Trustee

The Public Trustee handles Foreclosures of Deeds of Trust, Releases of Deeds of Trust and Tax Escrow Accounts for Land Purchase Contracts for properties located in San Juan County. The powers, duties and procedures for the operation of the office are defined in Title 38 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The powers and duties of the office of the Public Trustee and procedures for the operation of the office are defined in Title 38 of the Colorado Revised Statues (C.R.S.) Volume 10. The areas covered are: Releases of Deeds of Trust Foreclosures of Deeds of Trust Tax Escrow Accounts for Land Purchase Contracts General Public Trustee Information House Bill Number 48 known as “AN ACT” was approved by the Colorado General Assembly on March 5, 1894. “AN ACT” established the office of the Public Trustee in each county of the State of Colorado and provides a system of checks and balances between the borrower and the lender. All deeds of trust given to secure indebtedness on real estate shall name as trustee such Public Trustee who acts as an intermediary between the borrower and the lender. Unique among the fifty states in its public trustee/lender relationship, Colorado’s foreclosure statutes, as interpreted by the courts, have provided a reasonably quick and inexpensive process for the lienor to exercise its rights and remedies, while affording the owner of the property a fair opportunity to protect his interest in the property. For the Public Trustee to have the powers granted by statute, deeds of trust must grant such trustee an interest in the property encumbered by the Deed of Trust. Any deed of trust that names anyone other than a Public Trustee is deemed to be a mortgage for all purposes and a foreclosure on a mortgage would have to be handled judicially. The Public Trustee’s responsibility is to ensure that each interested party complies with the State statues. The San Juan County Public Trustee holds foreclosure sales at 10 a.m. Tuesdays on the east steps of the County Courthouse, 1557 Greene Street, Silverton, Colorado.


Tax Payment Schedule

Property Tax statements for tax year 2018 were mailed in January 2019.  Property taxes may be paid in full by April 30th, or in two installments with the first half due by the last day of February and the second half due by June 15th.  The tax statement will include three payment coupons, one for a full payment, one for the first half payments and another for a second half payment.  Please include the appropriate coupon along with your check or you may Pay online





After a lien is held for 3 years, the lien holder may apply for a Treasurer's Deed.  The Treasurer will follow Colorado Revised Satutes in administering this process.



You must be present to participate.  Please bring a photo ID and be prepared to sign a W-9 and the county waiver stating that you are not a related to any parties that are employed by San Juan County.



County Courthouse

1557 Greene St

PO Box 368 

Silverton, CO 81433


Fax: 970.387.8046

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Office Hours 8am-4pm Mon-Fri closed from noon-1pm