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Entry for May 15, 2007
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We have received LOTS of emails by today (May 15) regarding the increased valuations people are finding in their mail boxes from the newly elected Larimer County Assessor, Steve Miller.  Some who commented are also elected officials in Larimer County who don't want to be named.



You can find a complete story about why your valuations are up (when your house's real value might not be) and how you can protest the new value.



Please post any examples you might have of faulty valuations here and whether or not you plan to protest - or if you already have what was the result?
2007-05-16 05:29:18 GMT
Comments (9 total)
Author:Anonymous
God bless you for talking about this. My very modest cottage is not worth what Steve Miller has now said it is worth. Is it really worth my time to protest? Won't they just tell me NO?
--Grace
2007-05-16 05:52:39 GMT
Author:Anonymous
What was he thinking? We just saw our property jump by almost 25 % when we know everything is currently stable in pricing.

Grace, please go and protest your valuation. Steve Miller made a big issue of how many people protested Johnson's work - well the tables have turned.
--Bob
2007-05-16 16:17:35 GMT
Author:Anonymous
It is a tax increase - the county needs the money.

When we lived in Maryland, the Assessor actually sent someone to walk through our home every couple of years to provide a more accurate appraisal. Isn't that what Steve said he was going to do?
--Jimbo
2007-05-16 16:19:31 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I am protesting my assessment and will not allow this new method to make me pay higher taxes. If anyone wants advice - let me know. Sally and I protested in the past with great success. Grace, you do need to do some research and be logical. Chances are you will never talk with the Assessor but the staff is usually very patient and helpful.
--Bob
2007-05-16 21:15:38 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I don't agree with any of you. Larimer County shouldn't be forced to reduce services and cut the budget just because our home values are not increasing. In fact, my friends in real estate say they are still going up in Ft. Collins, Loveland and Greeley at about 8-10% per year.

Steve is trying to make sure we have all the important services in the countr by making sure the assessments continue to grow with the county budgets and needs.

Take a rest people, don't be greedy. You live in a great county and should pay your fair taxes for once. I know Karen and the other Commissioners are fighting to make sure everyone in this County can live a normal life. If you live in a house bigger than 1,500 sq. ft. count your lucky stars and pay those taxes!!! We need them in the county government!
--Mimi
2007-05-16 21:22:01 GMT
Author:Anonymous
I read an article in the Coloradoan indicating that the Larimer County Assessor's Office was mailing out the notice of real property value, and that changes would be about 4 or 5 percent. I was shocked to receive notice that my modest 1,587-square-foot, two-bedroom townhouse built in 1979 had increased in value from $164,100 to a whopping $205,300.

Though my math is not always accurate, I believe a 5 percent increase would have been in the realm of $8,205. The increase of $41,500 is totally ridiculous.

I was interested to read that the office hours for disputes have been extended. If everyone's increase is this far off base - the hours should be 24/7 hours for the remainder of the dispute period.




--R. Cook Cloninger
2007-05-16 23:21:05 GMT
Author:Anonymous
How come there hasn't been more attention to this problem? I don't care that the office hours were extended. If the assessments are wrong just reduce them all by 10% or so and be done with it.

We elected him to solve a mess he just made a lot worse!
--Tim
2007-05-19 05:17:28 GMT
Author:Anonymous
How come there hasn't been more attention to this problem? I don't care that the office hours were extended. If the assessments are wrong just reduce them all by 10% or so and be done with it.

We elected him to solve a mess he just made a lot worse!
--Tim
2007-05-19 05:18:54 GMT
Author:Anonymous
Assessments are through the roof - I cannot believe this clown !!!
--Cell #1
2007-06-07 03:33:06 GMT
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