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Nov 20, 2020

Denver to Waive Penalty for Late Payment of November Sales and Use, OPT, and Seat Taxes

To support local businesses impacted by the pandemic, the City and County of Denver will again waive the 15% penalty for late payment for sales and use, occupational privilege, and seat (facility development admissions) taxes for Nov. taxes due Dec. 20, 2020.

Nov 19, 2020

Denver Motor Vehicle Closes to In-Person Transactions Beginning Nov. 23

To protect the health and safety of employees and the community and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Denver County, all five Denver Motor Vehicle (DMV) branches will close to the public and the city’s Taxpayer Service Center (TPS) will reduce its hours beginning Monday, Nov. 23 until further notice. The decisions were made in response to Denver’s COVID-19 positivity rate and move to a level red – Safer at Home Severe Risk – on the state’s COVID-19 protection dial.

Nov 16, 2020

All Three Major Ratings Agencies Reaffirm Denver’s AAA Bond Ratings

The U.S.’s three primary bond rating agencies today announced they are reaffirming the City and County of Denver’s AAA/Aaa/AAA General Obligation (GO) bond rating with a stable outlook, the highest achievable bond rating for governments and companies. A bond rating is meant to indicate a government’s credit quality and is used to inform investors as to the likelihood that the debt will be repaid on time and in full. Bond ratings are important because they affect the interest rates government agencies pay on their issued bonds.

Nov 16, 2020

City Takes First Step Toward Denver’s Participatory Budgeting Program

The City released a Request for Proposals to seek technical support and evaluation services for the city’s first Participatory Budgeting (PB) Program. The Department of Finance, in coordination with Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver City Council, secured $1.7 million for the initial program and has outlined a PB approach to give Denver residents the power of the public purse by guiding and voting directly on neighborhood-level capital projects submitted by their communities.

Nov 9, 2020

Mayor Hancock’s 2021 Budget Adopted by City Council

Denver City Council tonight adopted Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s 2021 budget, a roadmap to navigate ongoing uncertainty in the economy while expanding support for those most in need.

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The Denver Department of Finance's Office of Communications assists with media inquiries, records requests, speaking engagements and other communications related items. 

Julie Smith, Director of Communications


CORA - Citywide Colorado Open Records Fee Policy

In order to pay for the cost of staff, custodians of public records within the City and County of Denver may charge for research and retrieval time necessary to respond to requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”).  Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), effective July 26, 2019, staff time may be charged at a rate not to exceed $33.00 per hour.  There shall be no charge for the first hour of time for research and retrieval of records.

The City has instituted at 3:00 pm cut-off for CORA requests. Requests received after 3:00 pm on a city business day may be considered received the following business day. For example, a CORA request received at 2:30 on Monday would be considered received on Monday and a response would be due on Thursday. However, a CORA request received at 3:30 on Monday would be considered received on Tuesday and a response would be due on Friday. 

For more information, or to initiate a CORA request, contact Julie Smith at