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A pretty big bill

Dear Editor:

I must say that I am amazed that I have not seen any comments on the new property tax bills that were sent out recently. My tax bill this year represents an increase of 80 percent over last year’s bill, an increase of more than $4,500.

After visiting Aspen for more than 40 years, I decided to buy a 35-acre parcel in Basalt in 2005 with the dream of being able to build a home and eventually move out there with my wife and family. While the property has greatly increased in value, I am unsure how the needs of local taxing districts necessitate an 80 percent real estate tax increase in one year because of a new property assessment.

While I realize that homeowners (rather than land owners) in Pitkin County have not seen as much of a tax increase, a windfall tax increase from new property assessments seems absurd.

An almost doubling of property valuations should have been mostly offset by mill levy decreases. While I am unable to vote in Colorado, I find it hard to believe that the intent of voters in the state was to see such radical property tax increases by freezing some mill levies.

Glenn Pendergast

Harrington Park, N.J.

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