Contact Information
544 Rood Avenue, Room 100
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Mailing Address
Department 5027
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001

(970) 244-1824

Hours 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

Bidding Rules

Mesa County Colorado Tax Lien Auction 

Bidding Rules for Annual Public Auction of Delinquent Real Estate Taxes

2019 Tax Lien Sale (for Tax Year 2018) 



  • The Mesa County Tax Lien Sale will be held via the Internet beginning Wednesday, October 16, 2019, and ending Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

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Bid increments shall be one dollar ($1.00).

  • Employees and officials of Mesa County, members of their immediate families or their agents may not acquire a tax lien at the Mesa County Tax Lien Sale per C.R.S. 39-11-151.

  • “Premium bidding” is at the discretion of the bidder.  Premiums on winning bids are a cost of securing the tax lien and are not returned nor do they draw interest. 

  • Bidding may begin on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, and will end on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 

  • Each batch containing approximately 200 properties will close in one-hour increments.  For example, on November 6, 2018,  Batch 1 will close at 9:00 a.m. (M.D.T.)  Batch 2 will close at 10:00 a.m.; Batch 3 will close at 11:00 a.m.; Batch 4 will close at 12:00 Noon; Batch 5 will close at 1:00 p.m.; and Batch 6 will close at 2:00 p.m. 

  • Once a batch closes, the bids become final and may not be changed or withdrawn.

  • All successful auction results will be posted by bidder number.
  • If a mobile home is located on leased land, the tax lien holder is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Ownership one year after the date of sale.

  • If a mobile home is located on land owned by the same owner as the mobile home, the tax lien holder is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Ownership three (3) years after the date of sale.
  • Premiums do not draw interest.

  • When redeemed, your certificate will pay nine points over the Federal Discount Rate as of September 1.  Certificates will earn 12% for the current year’s sale, except on erroneous sales which will receive two points above the Discount Rate but no lower than 8%.

The minimum starting bid for each tax certificate is equal to the amount of the unpaid taxes, interest, penalties, and fees.

Each winning bidder shall make a payment of funds sufficient to cover the total amount of the bidder's winning bids on the Auction Website or in person using certified funds or cash no later than November 7, 2019 2:00 p.m. MDT;

  • If a winning bidder fails to make such payment by this time, the Treasurer may, in the Treasurer’s sole discretion, award the tax certificates to another bidder or may offer the tax lien for sale in accordance with C.R.S. 39-11-116.
  • If a winning bidder fails to pay the amount due from bidding on sales, the Treasurer may prohibit a person from participating in future sales up to five years [C.R.S. 39-11-116].
  • Each bidder must be registered on Mesa County's Auction website before they are allowed to participate in the Tax Lien Sale.

  • All bidders must make a deposit before their bid will be accepted. Deposits may be made between Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and must be complete by October 31, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Deposits are accepted via ACH, Certified Funds, Cash and Wire.

  • If participants are depositing funds via cash or certified funds, those funds are due in person at the Mesa County Treasurer’s office, 544 Rood Avenue, Grand Junction, Colorado, no later than 4:00 p.m., on November 4, 2019.  Personal checks will not be accepted.

  • Each bidder must make a deposit equal to ten percent (10%) of the total dollar amount of tax certificates the bidder anticipates winning. Final determination regarding the acceptablility of any deposit is at the distinction of the Mesa County Treasurer. If a bidder's deposit drops below (10%) of the total dollar amount of all tax certificates won, plus the amount of active bids, while they will show as active they may not be accepted.
  • The Mesa County Tax Lien Sale will be held via the Internet beginning October 16, 2019, and ending November 6, 2019.

  • The Mesa County Official Tax Lien Auction website will open for research October 9, 2019.

  • More detailed instructions on “How the Sale Works” can be found at the “Start Here” button on this website.
  • If the owner does not pay future taxes before August 1st each year, you will be notified of the amount due and you may pay them if you wish.  Your payment will be endorsed onto your lien and will accrue interest at the same rate as your certificate. 

  • If you do not wish to endorse, the Treasurer may prohibit you from participating in that year’s tax lien sale.

  • If the property in is bankruptcy, lienholder endorsements on subsequent taxes are not permitted.

Auction Type


Bidding Type


Bid Increments


Deposit Required / Minimum Deposit Amount

10% of estimated winnings / No Minimum

Deposit Types Accepted

ACH, Cash, Certified Funds, Wire

Payment Types Accepted

ACH, Cash, Certified Funds, Wire

Electronic Redemption Available


Website Training Class

Weekly Online Webinar

Site Opens for Registration

Year Round

Bidding Officially Begins

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Deposits Due

October 31, 2019 2:00 p.m.

Auction Starts (First Batch Closes)

Nov. 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. M.D.T.

Batches Closing Interval

Every 60 minutes (at the top of the hour)

Auction Ends (Last Batch Closes)

November 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. M.D.T.

Payments Due

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. M.D.T.

Customer Service Questions



You do not have ownership right to the property, simply a property tax lien.

  • It is the Bidder’s responsibility to know the quality of the property on which they are paying the taxes and receiving a lien.

  • At the close of the auction, all successful bids are final. No changes in, or cancellation of, liens can be made after the lien is sold.
  • The majority of properties are redeemed.  You do not have ownership rights to the property, simply a property tax lien; this is an investment.

  • A Treasurer’s Deed may be applied for three (3) years after the date of the sale if the property remains unredeemed.  A deposit shall be required to cover expenses.