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Pitkin County assessor working through protests

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Pitkin County Assessor’s Office has finished reviewing more than half of the protests filed by property owners who disagree with the value assigned to their properties.

The office will mail out roughly 2,500 notices of determination next week. In perhaps a quarter of those cases, the assessor’s office has adjusted the valuation originally assigned the properties, said assessor Tom Isaac.

The total number of protests now stands at about 4,500, and Isaac expects the total could climb toward 5,000 before his office is done with its reviews this month. Though the deadline for property owners to protest their property values has passed, the assessor’s office can choose to review properties even though no protest was filed. If a significant number of homeowners in one complex or neighborhood files protests, the office may review the values assigned to other nearby properties, as well, Isaac said.

With about 15,000 total properties in Pitkin County, about a third of all property owners are protesting the values assigned by the assessor.

By the time Isaac’s office has reviewed them all, the assessor anticipates perhaps 1,200 to 1,500 property owners will see an adjustment. A second batch of notices of determination will be mailed out at the end of the month.

The next step, for property owners who aren’t satisfied with the outcome of their protest and wish to further pursue the matter, is to file an appeal with the county board of equalization and schedule a hearing. County commissioners make up the board’s membership, but four hearing officers have been hired to hear the appeals in their stead.

Isaac is urging property owners who receive their notice of determination in the coming days to call the board of equalization phone number on the notice and set up their hearing quickly if they plan to appeal, so the hearing officers can get a jump on what may be a lot of hearings.

The hearings can be scheduled starting July 5 and must be done by Aug. 5, Isaac said.

Anyone who is not satisfied with the outcome of an appeal can turn next to the state board of assessment appeals, district court or binding arbitration. All three options involve some financial outlay by the property owner.

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