Property values appeals surpass 8,000 in Eagle County | VailDaily.com

Property values appeals surpass 8,000 in Eagle County

Chris Outcalt
coutcalt@vaildaily.com
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – By the time all was said and done, 8,018 property valuation appeals were filed with the assessor’s office in Eagle County, Colorado last month – about 2,100 more than in 2007.

The highest number anyone in the assessor’s office can remember is around 10,000 appeals in 1985, County Assessor Mark Chapin said.

The 8,018 is about 20 percent of the county’s taxable properties, he said.

The County Assessor’s office reappraised property values in the county between Jan. 1, 2007, and June 30, 2008. The new valuations – which will be used to calculate property taxes in 2009 and 2010 – went up an average of 13 percent.

Officials have until the end of June to review and respond to each appeal. The determinations will be mailed and most residents should receive them in the beginning of July, Chapin said.

Residents that aren’t satisfied with the response from the assessor’s office can continue to appeal their valuation. The next round of appeals are scheduled by the attorney’s office and handled by independent officials in 15-minute hearings, said County Attorney Bryan Treu.

Those hearings are scheduled at the end of July or beginning of August.

In 2007, the last reappraisal year, about 3,000 people decided to appeal the final decision by the assessor’s office decision. Four people were handling those appeals in 2007 and the county budgeted for four people to handle the appeals again this year.

The commissioners approved Tuesday the spending of an additional $20,000 in case an extra person is needed to process more appeals. The person might not be needed, Treu said.

“We want to make sure we have someone ready to go in case,” Treu said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.




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