Colorado property tax law requires assessors to conduct countywide reappraisals every two years in odd-numbered years, and that a specific date, June 30th of the year preceding the reappraisal year, be used to benchmark all property values throughout the state. The benchmark, or "level of value", for this reappraisal cycle is June 30, 2014. For the 2015 reappraisal Larimer County is using 60 months of data. That means our sales study period extends from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2014. All sales are trended up or down to the level of value date, June 30, 2014, depending on market factors in the different areas of Larimer County.
For 2015 all real property owners were sent a postcard notice in May showing the property value and have the option to protest online. Protests can also be filed in person, by letter or fax. More information was printed on the post card and all values will be posted on our website. The Larimer County Assessor staff will be taking appeals in Estes Park on Wednesday, May 13th through Thursday, May 14th at the Estes Park Larimer County Building at 1601 Brodie Avenue Conference Room. Office hours there will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We cannot accept appeals sent in by email or taken over the phone. If you do not have the postcard sent in May, you may complete and mail or fax a 2015 Protest Form to our office no later than June 1, 2015. The online protest option will not be available after 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2015.
Properties that are appealed during our protest period will be reviewed and a Notice of Determination will be sent to those property owners on June 30, 2015. If you are satisfied with the value after this review, the process ends and your tax will be based on the value reflected in the notice of determination. If you disagree with the Assessor's decision, the next step will be to file an appeal with the County Board of Equalization. More details will be provided in the Notice of Determination that will be sent June 30, 2015.
For the 2015/2016 reappraisal cycle, all properties are valued as the property exists January 1 of the current year based on the real estate markets as they were on June 30, 2014.