Tax protest period ends July 1

Taxpayers who disagree with their property value as reported on their Notice of Valuation have just five more business days to file a protest with the Archuleta County Assessor — claims must be in the assessor’s office by 5 p.m. July 1.

In order to mount a reasonable, and potentially successful protest, taxpayers should first confirm that their property’s actual characteristics match the property profile as recorded in the assessor’s data base. (It is important to note however, that properties were valued for the assessment period as they existed on Jan. 1, 2009.)

Taxpayers can confirm the assessor’s data is accurate either by visiting the assessor’s office at the Archuleta County Courthouse, or they can view their property profile on the Web.

Go to www.archuletacounty.org and click on “Archuleta County Assessor and Treasurer Records Search and On-Line Mapping Application” toward the bottom of the page. The software will allow inquiries on a parcel-by-parcel basis, but at this time does not allow users to search for sales by subdivision.

Once the property profile review is complete, taxpayers should then review comparable sales for the assessment period: Jan. 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

A list of comparable sales for single family homes during the assessment period is available in hard copy from the assessor’s office. Taxpayers can also view a digital version here— click below on the “comparable sales” link.

james@pagosasun.com

click here for comparable sales