Home Owners Fight County Assessment

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Property values assessed by the county have many home owners looking to protest the actual value of their home. And with May being the only month to do so, time is be running out.

Mark Mulleady is just one of many people who saw a big jump in his property value on the county's recent property value assessment. He says, "I saw about 20 percent and I'd say some people in certain areas might even find it higher." Which is why Mulleady says he is going to protest his assessment. Mulleady says, "I've done this three different times, I've never been successful."

But that hasn't stopped him, or others. Mesa County assessor Barbara Brewer says they expect to see more people protest this year than before. Brewer says, "As of this morning we've had about 850 protests filed." Brewer says it’s easy to see why. "This is the first time in 22 years that we haven't been able to look the tax payer in the eye and say the value that's on your notice of evaluation; you should be able to at least sell your house for that."

To successfully protest, the first thing you should do is look at similar home sales in your neighborhood from January first of '07 to June 30 of 2008, because that's when property values were assessed. Current market value is not acceptable.

If they are a lot higher you may have a good case.
Also check your home description on your valuation notice. Everything needs to match up. So the number of bathrooms and rooms should be the same; as well as the square footage and other measurements.

You can email, mail or fax your protest to the Mesa County Assessor’s Office. If you come to the court house to protest your assessment you're going to need a few things. You are going to need your protest form, market value information for your house, from January of '07 to June of 2008. Also bring the original Notice of Valuation, and any pictures or information that may be helpful during the protest.

You will also have a good chance at protesting if there has been significant damage to your home. As for Mulleady, a lower assessment means money saved. Mulleady says, "Cause that goes into your taxes and everybody is tight right now."

If it doesn't work, he says at least he has the satisfaction of putting up a good fight.

The assessor says this year’s home values won't be reflected until the 2011 Notice of Valuation.

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