Northern Colorado Property Owners, you should have received, or will be receiving, your 2015 Property Valuation in the mail. This value is used to determine the amount of property taxes you will owe in 2016 and 2017. If you feel your value is higher than it should be, I would encourage you to make an appeal. Higher property values affect not only you but your neighbors as well and create a baseline for future tax increases. If left un-challenged, this can lead to inflated valuations in the future as well.
If you are confused about this process or concerned about the value that the County is putting on your home please contact me. I will look into it to, free of charge, to see if their valuation is valid. If you would like to appeal the valuation I can help you by providing the necessary information finding realistic comparable sales data for your property.
Keep in mind the following;
- Due to the economy and market conditions most values will be higher
- It’s nice to have someone(the county) tell you your investment is doing well, but the tax value has no real bearing on what your house will sell for on the market.
- In Larimer County taxes increase by about $70/yr. for every $10k increase in value. (I’d rather put this money towards paying down my mortgage if possible)
- The property is valued as of June 30, 2014
- The protest period runs from May 1st through June 1st
The link to the Online Protest Form is here: http://www.larimer.org/assessor/protest/index.cfm