Contesting property assessment? Deadline looming

Time is running out if you want to protest your home assessment.

According to state law, you have to file any challenge by June 1.

The Mesa County Assessors Office says it has seen an increase in people protesting and expects to see more this year than before.

Across the state, officials say there are two groups of people disputing, those that want to sell and want their value increased and those dealing with a tough economy and want their valuation lowered so their property taxes will then be lower.

Homeowners should have received instruction on how to appeal when they got their property valuation.

To successfully protest, the first thing you should do is look at similar home sales in your neighborhood from January 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 because that's when property values were assessed. 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.


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