Valley in Brief: Appeal period open for Eagle County property valuations
EAGLE COUNTY — On Monday, the Eagle County Assessor’s Office mailed Notices of Valuation to all property owners of record. Counties throughout the state are required to conduct a complete reassessment of all property every two years. Under Colorado law, property valuations must reflect the local real estate market activity from Jan.1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.
Property owners who believe the market does not support their 2017 assessed value during that timeframe, or whose property’s characteristics are not listed correctly on the notice, can appeal their valuation through June 1.
Eagle County Assessor Mark Chapin said his office has received several inquiries from property owners confused by solicitation letters indicating a fee schedule for filing appeals. There is no charge to appeal a valuation.
“We encourage any property owner with questions on their valuation to call us at 970-328-8640 or stop by our office,” Chapin said.
Owners can appeal in person at the Assessor’s Office at the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway in Eagle, in writing via mail to P.O. Box 449, Eagle, CO 81631, by fax to 970-328-8679 or online at http://www.eaglecounty.us/nov. If appealing in writing, then be sure to identify the property and provide reasons for the appeal.
El Jebel- and Basalt-area property owners can make an appointment to see an appraiser at the Eagle County annex in El Jebel on any Wednesday in May by calling 800-225-6136, ext. 8640, or 970-328-8640.
Bare Roots Harvest Summit slated for May 20 in Edwards
The fifth annual Harvest Summit, hosted by Bare Roots, will be held on Saturday May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Community partners from the Eagle River Valley and from across Colorado will gather for a panel at the Miller Ranch Community Center, 25 Mill Loft Street, Edwards. Local growers will participate in a panel to discuss organic growing, medicinal plant use, best practices and all things plant related. The summit is free to attend, and parking is available at Miller Ranch.
This will be an open forum event with a Q-and-A session. The Harvest Summit is an opportunity for Eagle County residents to interact with members of their food and growing communities, share resources, and learn about local farming. The summit will also include a seed swap, a plant sale and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Bare Roots.
Bare Roots, formerly Mountain Harvest Coalition, is a local food collective dedicated to cultivating an Eagle River Valley community in which every individual has access to local, nourishing, sustainable food resources. Bare Roots supports healthy food access through education, outreach and partnership.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For those who attend the summit, free beer and live music will follow at Crazy Mountain Brewery.
Free childcare on-site will be provided by an AmeriCorps NCCC team. This will include growing gardeners classes.
Chamonix lottery results posted
The town of Vail has released results from the Chamonix Vail lottery drawing held this past Wednesday. The 32 lottery winners have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday to execute a reservation agreement and submit a $1,000 nonrefundable reservation fee to the town. After the Wednesday deadline, any remaining homes will be reassigned to lottery participants who are on the wait list.
Pricing ranges from $399,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath, one-car garage home to $739,000 for a larger three-bedroom, three-bath, two-car garage home. Construction of the homes began on April 10; the first families will be moving into their new residences in December.
Visit http://www.chamonixvail.com, for more information.
County finance director earns honor
John Lewis, Eagle County’s finance director has been awarded one of the industry’s highest honors.
The Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded John Lewis the Governmental Certificate of Achievement.
To earn the certificate, Lewis completed five eight-hour courses covering the latest rules, regulations and pronouncements in governmental accounting. Those who complete the rigorous coursework acquire a deeper understanding of governmental accounting issues, enhance their competence in the field and demonstrate their dedication and commitment as governmental accounting professionals.
The county’s finance department publishes the county’s annual budget and financial statements, tracks the monthly sales tax receipts and performs monthly budget analysis.
“Believe it or not, accountants are not usually nominated for Oscars, Emmys or even Tony awards. In fact, we are just not front and center on anyone’s minds when it comes to giving awards, although we did receive notoriety last year when one of our own gave Warren Beatty the wrong ‘Best Picture’ winner,” Lewis said, jokingly.
However, the county’s finance department encourages continuing education, Lewis said.
For the past 18 years, the county’s finance department has earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
Along with the department honors, they have earned several individual awards:
Hector Ordonez earned his CPA from the State of Colorado in 2016.
Joan Monaghan earned her Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs. Monaghan was also one of 30 out of hundreds of applicants selected nationally to attend the AICPA Leadership Academy in Washington, D.C. Before accepted a new position with Standard & Poor’s Global, she passed all of the tests required for her Certified Professional Finance Officer designation.
Tom Hyatt earned his Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs, also in 2015.
Lewis earned his Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs. He also earned his Governmental Certificate of Achievement from the Colorado Society of CPAs.
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