Garfield County hires five to help handle protests to property valuations |

Garfield County hires five to help handle protests to property valuations

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Heeding warnings from its assessor and its attorney, Garfield County has reached out for a little help in dealing with protesters ” tax protesters, that is.

The county on Monday decided to hire five individuals with property appraisal expertise, and to keep them on standby just in case taxpayers storm the county courthouse in unprecedented numbers after they get their 2009 property tax notices.

County Assessor John Gorman has said that property valuations will be up by as much as 60 percent over previous years, and told the commissioners on Monday that he is expecting an unusual number of protests to be filed.

He also predicted that many taxpayers will not be happy with his decisions regarding their protests, and will exercise their right to appeal to the BOCC, acting as the board of equalization.

The “referees” will run interference for the BOCC, conducting hearings and issuing recommendations, but the final decisions will be up to the commissioners themselves.

Taxpayers have until the end of May to file protests to their property tax notice with the assessor’s office, and until mid-July to file appeals if they are not satisfied with the assessor’s ruling.

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