With the population growing and energy exploration booming in Western Colorado, property values are on the rise. The two candidates for Mesa County Assessor both want to be in charge of overseeing these properties.
The two candidates running for Mesa County Assessor have very different backgrounds. Democrat Paul Brown grew up in Palisade, spent some time in the Air Force, served two terms in the State Legislature serving District 55 and has traveled around the state teaching classes to County Assessors and their staff on both the administrative and appraisal procedures. Now Brown is a a real estate broker and appraiser. Republican Barbara Brewer has lived in Grand Junction since 1982 and worked for the County Clerk's Office for 21 years. Brewer is Mesa County's Current Public Trustee and is also certified public administrator.
When the candidates where asked what the biggest issue facing the county assessors office is, Brewer says, "I know the biggest issue facing our new assessor immediately after they get sworn in is going to be implementation of a totally new computer system within the assessor's office and it will be an appraisal administrative computer system that's going to have to be implemented into that office." Brown says after talking with constituents about what they want from their County Assessor, the biggest issue is fairness and accuracy. He says citizens, along with himself are concerned about Mesa County and the possibility that with the oil shale, natural gas, coal, uranium and all of those entities rearing their heads right now, there is a possibility of Mesa County going through reappraisals because setting those values could be extremely expensive and not good for the county.
The role of Mesa County Assessor includes locating and identifying the value of all property and maintaining current information on the ownership and characteristics of the property. They are also in charge of re–appraising property every two years.