Garfield County property tax valuation protest period coming up
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – The Garfield County Assessor’s Office is gearing up for the property tax valuation period, which is done every two years.
According to a news release from County Assessor John Gorman, for tax years 2009 and 2010, the county assessor is required by law to appraise all real property at a June 30, 2008, level of value. A Notice of Valuation insert referring to the 2010 values were sent in January with the 2009 tax bill or will be sent to owners of real property whose value has changed by May 1. The information used by the assessor to value your property is available for your review.
The protest period for property owners to file a formal protest on the value or the classification runs from May 3 through June 1. This protest period provides an opportunity for taxpayers to inform the assessor of possible errors in classification, property description, or other discrepancies that may result in a reduction in value or a change in classification.
Objections to one’s valuation must be postmarked or presented in person no later than June 1. Upon review of the protest, the assessor may need to physically inspect the property to confirm that the property characteristics are accurate.
Following a protest, the assessor must make a decision and mail the property owner a written Notice of Determination on or before the last working day in June. If the property owner finds the decision satisfactory, the tax bill that is sent next January will be based on the value and classification reflected on the Notice of Determination.
If there’s a disagreement with the assessor’s decision, an appeal may be filed with the county board of equalization. An appeal to the county board of equalization must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than July 15. The county board will send a notification by mail of the hearing date, time, and place where you may present evidence to substantiate your case. Evidence includes documentation such as the sales prices of properties similar to yours that sold during the time frame specified on your Real Property Notice of Valuation. The county board will conclude hearings and render decisions by the close of business on Aug. 5. The county board must mail you a decision within five business days of the date of its decision. If you are satisfied with the county board’s decision, the tax bill you receive next January will be based on the valuation and classification reflected in the county board’s decision.
If the proper owner disagrees with the action of the county board, an appeal may be filed with the State Board of Assessment Appeals, district court, or request a binding arbitration hearing. The appeal must be made within 30 days of the county board’s decision.
For additional information regarding the protest and appeal process, contact your county assessor and staff at 945-9134.
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