A bill introduced to the Colorado Legislature would charge lenders a $250 surcharge for each foreclosure filed at the county courthouse.
The bill, sponsored by state Reps. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) passed a House committee in February. If it becomes law, counties can begin charging the extra fees July 1.
The money would go into a foreclosure prevention counseling fund. From there, it would pay for initiatives at local housing counseling agencies approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Lenders filed more than 2,500 notices of trustee sales in Colorado during February. One in every 239 properties in the state received a filing, which is the ninth highest foreclosure rate in the country.