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Park County Assessor's Office

David B. Wissel, Assessor
P.O. Box 636  Fairplay, CO  80440
719-836-4331  719-836-4193 Fax

AGRICULTURAL LAND CLASSIFICATION QUESTIONNAIRE

Agricultural Land Classification Instructions & Definitions for Questionnaire

The Assessor's Office will gather pertinent information through physical inspections, agricultural committee, county extension agents, agricultural industry representatives, and responses to questionnaires. To ensure that your property is correctly classified, please provide the following information. Please return the completed form by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

That is what this survey is about. I would like each of you to take a few moments and complete the questions to the best of your ability. The information you return will be considered confidential, and not open to public inspection. Please read the definitions located on the backside of this correspondence prior to completing the questionnaire. I believe it will help you better understand the various laws which govern agricultural classification. 

I am requesting this information to confirm the classification of your property. We update all values each odd numbered year but you must qualify each year. The basis of your answers will help me determine if your property is eligible to remain Ag. The other choice I have, is to reclassify your land to either Vacant or Residential, whichever is appropriate. 

Agricultural land in Colorado is valued by the income approach to appraisal, based upon the earning capability of the land (Please review the definitions on the reverse side). If your land is no longer used agriculturally it will be reclassified and revalued accordingly. In order to make intelligent and more informed decisions on the proper classification all information will be reviewed. The classification of your property will not be based solely on the information you supply on this form. I will strive to make this process as fair, uniform, and equitable as the law allows. If you have further questions or comments, please contact me for additional information. Thank you in advance for your help and cooperation. 

Schedule # __________     Total Acres _________     Legal Description: ______________________________________ 

1. What percentage of the property is used as a Ranch?_______ Other? _________________________________ 

2. If the land is used as a ranch, what types of livestock are being grazed? ____________________________ 

    A)  Do the livestock belong to the landowner? ____________________________________________________ 
    B)  If not, who owns the livestock? _____________________________________________________________ 
    C)  What is the number of livestock grazed, and for what period of time? ________________________ 

3. If the land produces a hay crop, what is the total number of acres in production? ____________________ 

4. If another party in an agricultural endeavor uses your land by what arrangements or conditions is the land being used? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

To assure that the land is currently being used in an agricultural endeavor, additional information supporting the use may be attached to this form and submitted to our office. The following information may be considered in determining the current agricultural use. 

    Copy of lease agreement or receipt of lease payment                                     Account balance sheets
    1040F or equivalent form from the IRS                                                          Brand inspection certificates
    Sales invoices of agricultural products or livestock                                        Profit and loss or financial statements 

Print Name: ___________________________________________________________     Date: _________________ 

Signature: ______________________________________________________    
(PLEASE RETURN BY Tuesday, December 31, 2019)