Property valuation notices hitting mailboxes this week
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Property owners in Garfield County will be receiving their notice of valuation letters for 2011 this week.
County Assessor Jim Yellico sent out the notices on Friday.
The new values placed on property will be used by the tax authorities in each area of the county, such as school districts, fire districts, water districts and municipalities, to set their mill levies.
These mill levies are then sent to the Garfield County treasurer to calculate each parcel’s 2012 property tax bill.
The notice of valuation letters are based on information and market prices as they were on June 30, 2010.
Owners who agree with the new values do not need to do anything, but anyone who disagrees has the option of filing a protest.
The month of May is set aside in the assessor’s office for assisting property owners with questions and concerns with their notice of valuation letter.
The goal of the Garfield County assessor’s office is to ensure property owners understand the valuation process and know the steps that can be taken if they do not agree with their property value.
“We want to make this process as easy as possible, and make sure property owners have the information they need to present their case,” said Assessor Jim Yellico.
Property owners have until June 1, 2011, to file a protest.
“Protesters should provide comparable sales with their appeal,” Yellico said. “By law, we cannot use properties that sold later than June 30, 2010 as comparable sales.”
An appeal should concern one of the three following items:
• Disagreement with value
• Disagreement with classification
• Assessor’s records are incorrect
Property owners can use any of several methods to appeal their valuations.
Appeals can be filed by mail, fax or in person at the Garfield County Assessor’s Office, 109 Eighth St., Suite 207, in Glenwood Springs.
Residential property owners can file a protest online.
The protest form can also be accessed from your account screen on the county assessor’s website, http://www.Garfield-County.com/assessor .
Appeals must be in the assessor’s office or postmarked by June 1, 2011, according to Colorado law. Although the statutory deadline to protest values is June 1, protesters are urged to file earlier in the month of May.
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