Assessor

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  • Phone: 970-328-8640
    Fax: 970-328-8679

    Assessor
    P.O. Box 449
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, CO 81631 

    assessor@eaglecounty.us  


Overview

Real Property Valuation - Reappraisal Year (odd numbered years)

Colorado law requires a two year reassessment cycle for all property. 2017 is the first, or reappraisal year of the current two year cycle. For most property, the valuation for assessment for the 2018 tax year will be the same as it was for 2017. The Assessor is required to notify you of your value each year for real property. The notice describes the property you own, gives the actual value for both the prior and current year, and provides an opportunity for you to present your objection to the Assessor. Notices are mailed May 1.

Continuing the efforts of the Assessor's Office to ensure that Eagle County's taxpayer dollars are spent in the most effective and conscientious manner, we have chosen to use an economical postcard format for our Notices of Valuation. In order to save postage and printing costs, the postcards will outline basic property information, i.e., owner name, property location and value change.  You may wish to review the information previously contained on the classically-formatted Notice of Valuation.  The deadlines for appeal are statutorily driven. If you feel the value the Assessor has placed on your property is incorrect, you may wish to inspect the Assessor’s records on your property and other properties. Records on land and buildings are public information, and you have the right to examine them. You have the right to appeal your value each year. May of each year is set aside for the Assessor's Office to hear appeals on property valuation. 

The appraisal data used to establish real property value was from the 24-month period ending June 30, 2016. If data is insufficient during this time period, assessors may use data from the five-year period ending June 30, 2016.

Your property was valued as it existed on January 1 of the current year. The "current year actual value" represents the actual value of your property. The tax notice you receive next January will be based on this value.

An assessment percentage will be applied to the actual value of your property before property taxes are calculated.

The assessment percentage for residences is 7.96. Generally all other property (including vacant land, commercial, and agricultural, as well as natural resources) is assessed at 29 percent. 39-1-104(1) and (1.5)(a), C.R.S.

Property taxes are determined by multiplying the total actual value times the appropriate assessment rate (7.96 or 29 percent), to determine the assessed or taxable value. The assessed value is multiplied by the aggregate total mill levy for the property's tax area to determine total property tax amounts.

The formula for approximating your tax bill amount is as follows: 

assessed value x mill levy = taxes due 

When you receive a Notice of Valuation this year, study it carefully. Visit our website to check the elements of your property such as land size, square footage, bedroom and bathroom counts to make sure that Assessor's Office records are correct. If you see inaccuracies or feel that the value placed on your property is incorrect, you have the right to appeal.

If you are questioning your tax amount or tax rates, please contact the specific taxing entities to communicate your concerns.

The Assessor’s Office welcomes appeals of the valuation of property from May 1 until June 1, 2017. This may be done in person at the Assessor’s Office or in writing via mail, fax or by automated online form. If your property is located in the Basalt/El Jebel area, call 970-328-8640 or toll-free at 800-225-6136, to make an appointment to meet with an appraiser in the El Jebel Annex Office on any Wednesday in May from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcomed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but may have to wait for an available appraiser. For an appeal to be successful, the owner should provide an appraisal dated in the six months prior to June 30, 2016, evidence of details of sales from the subject or comparable properties, or information correcting the details of the property that the Assessor may not know. A follow-up inspection of the property may be necessary.

Appeal your valuation by mail
If you choose to mail a written protest, you may elect to complete the protest form contained on the Notice of Valuation and mail it (i.e. fax, United States Postal Service, or courier service) to the Assessor.

Mailing Address: Eagle County Assessor, P.O. Box 449, Eagle, CO 81631-0449, Fax: 970-328-8679. To preserve your right to protest, your mailed protest must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2017.

To preserve your appeal rights you may be required to prove that you filed a timely appeal; therefore, we recommend all correspondence be mailed with proof of mailing. If you appoint an agent to act on your behalf, that person must have your written authorization.

Protests in person
If you choose to present your appeal to the Assessor in person, you may elect to complete the protest form contained on the Notice of Valuation. You may also use our Appeals Questionnaire. Our office is located in the Eagle County Building, 500 Broadway, Eagle, Colorado. If your property is located in the Basalt/El Jebel area, call 970-328-8640 or toll-free at 800-225-6136, to make an appointment to meet with an appraiser in the El Jebel Annex Office on any Wednesday in May from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcomed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but may have to wait for an available appraiser. To preserve your right to protest, you must appear in the Eagle County Assessor's Office on or before June 1, 2017 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To appeal the value of a property, the person appealing must be either the owner of record, an attorney, or an assigned agent for the owner. Examples of assigned agents are: relatives, tax consultants, presidents of corporations and managers or presidents of condominium associations. If you are appealing property as an assigned agent, please fill out a Letter of Agency, and have it signed by the owner of the property. If the property is owned by a corporation or company, please fill out a Corporate Letter of Agency.

Due to time constraints we cannot make appointments for the Eagle office. Petitioners are interviewed based on the order of their arrival. Come in as your schedule permits. Our professional staff will be happy to assist you.

Assessor's determination
By law, the Assessor must make a decision on your appeal and mail a Notice of Determination informing you of his decision. The Notice of Determination will be mailed from this office on or before June 30.

Appealing the Assessor's decision
If you disagree with the Assessor's determination, or if you do not receive a Notice of Determination, you must file a written appeal with the County Board of Equalization on or before July 15, 2017.