The Administration of the Town of Basalt is made up of the Town Manager, Finance Department and Town Clerk.  The department handles the collection and efficient flow of information to the public, to other town departments and public and private agencies.  It implements policies and direction set by the Town Council

Town Manager

The Town Manager oversees and directs all administrative departments of the Town including Public Works, Police, Planning, Recreation, Finance and Town Clerk.  The Town Manager is responsible for the overall coordination, direction and evaluation of all Town Staff. 

Town Clerk’s Office

The office of the Clerk prepares agenda materials, packets, and minutes for Town Board meetings; attends Board meetings serving as the Clerk of the Board; keeps an accurate record of all the official acts of the Board; manages marijuana and liquor licenses; conducts Regular Municipal and Special Elections; coordinates records management functions; and is the custodian of the Town seal.  

The Town Clerk's Office, in conjunction with the Municipal Judge and Town Prosecutor, is also responsible for the municipal court.


The Finance department provides the following services for the Town of Basalt:

  • General ledger
  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Utility billing for our water department

The Finance department also serves as backup for the Building department. For questions, please contact the Finance Department at 970-927-9851.

Water Rates

The following rate table reflects the recommendations made to and adopted by the Basalt Town Council in the January 1, 2018. The base rate of $79 per quarter per EQR for in town users is paid in advance. The base rate of $117 per quarter per EQR is for users outside of town.The consumption charges are paid in arrears.

Water Usage Rate Per 1000 Gallons
0 - 31,500 Gallons $2.45
31,501 - 80,325 Gallons $3.38
80,326 - 111,600 Gallons $6.92
111,601 and over Gallons $8.45

Sales & Lodging Taxes

Sales tax is a very important source of revenue for the Town of Basalt currently comprising over 70% of the general fund revenues. A business is required to collect the town's sales tax when it sells retail tangible personal property inside town limits.

The town's sales tax rate is 3%; lodging tax is 4%.

Use SUTS:  The State of Colorado Sales and Use Tax Simplification Tool to  determine the jurisdictions to which tax is owed and to calculate appropriate sales and use tax rates for individual addresses.  Click here to use the State of Colorado Sales and Use Tax Simplification (SUTS) Lookup Tool