Park County Assessor

Reappraisal to the New 2017 Level of Value

Appraisals of property for property tax assessment purposes in Colorado will be updated to a new level of value in 2017. All Colorado County Assessors are required by law to perform analyses of local market conditions, and adjust their appraisals accordingly. The new level of value will be generally based on the analysis of sales data (market approach) and the consideration of the cost and income approach for vacant land and commercial. The time frame of local transactions is a forty eight (48)-month period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016. 

In addition to review by individual taxpayers and the County Board of Equalization, the Assessor’s values are subject to annual audit by the General Assembly’s Legislative Council. This process insures a fair distribution of the property tax burden, fairly, uniformly, and as prescribed by law. 

Notices of Valuation will be mailed to all property owners on or before May 1, 2017. The notice will contain the prior actual value, the current actual value, and the net change. The notice will also state the applicable rate of assessment, (the Residential rate will remain at %) and your rights to request a review of our appraisal. If you believe we have incorrectly appraised your property, please contact us by mail, fax, e-mail or in person. (Appointments are recommended.) 

The most often asked question people want to know is the "bottom line"; how will the new values affect their pocket in the year 2018? We are providing an estimate of probable 2017 property tax amounts (payable in 2018). Determining property tax amounts are not within my prescribed duties as Assessor! Officially, I don’t do taxes! However if voters approve new debt or increase tax rates in November, the estimates may under state actual tax amounts. Waiting until you receive your tax notice to question your property value is a very time consuming and costly process. 

Our staff has been conducting physical inspections, verifying terms of sales, rental rate inquiries, and other duties to identify changes in the status of individual properties. The staff has also measured value changes by property type, within each economic region. A heartfelt thanks to our staff for their undying devotion to a very grueling project! 

Contact Information: Telephone numbers - (719-836-4394, 719-836-4193 FAX)  Park County Annex Building , 501 Main St, Fairplay, to handle appraisal-related inquiries from taxpayers and to arrange for an appointment to discuss your property with one of our appraisal personnel. We are available from 7:30 AM – Noon , and from 1:00 PM – 5:30 Monday - Thursday during the appeal period.  

The telephone number listed above is a special telephone number that is only available during the appeal process for Real Property May 1 - June 1 of each year and for Personal Property from June 15 - July 1. This allows a voice mail option, if you wish to leave a message. We will return your calls as soon as is possible. It may take some time to respond, depending upon the volume of taxpayer contacts.  You may also call our office at 719-836-4331 if you need assistance.

We also offer general and specific information about the Assessor’s Office, appeal rights, and other pertinent facts at our Office web site, Appeal Information.  You can also e-mail me directly at at appeals@parkco.us or DWissel@parkco.us. Our goal is to provide easy access for you to communicate with our Office. 

As the elected Park County Assessor I request your cooperation in acquiring accurate real estate data used in our - analysis, especially accurate reporting on the TD 1000 (transfer declaration). Each staff appraiser is a qualified professional and licensed appraiser by the state of Colorado . Our credentials vary from certified general, certified residential, licensed and registered appraisers, respectively. We are striving to provide an answer to the same question; what is a property worth as of June 30, 2016, based on it's condition and use on January 1, 2017. Remember the statutory period to appeal the Assessor's 2017 valuation is May 1 through June 1, 2017. 

David B. Wissel
Park County Assessor
Certified General Appraiser #CG01315752

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