Report: Mesa County among best counties for property taxes

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- No one likes to pay property taxes, but it could be much worse.

In fact, those in Mesa County have it pretty good.

Reward Expert, a personal finance and travel data group put Mesa County as the second best county in the Mountain West region for homebuyers when it comes to affordability.

They say Colorado counties dominate the region because the state has the lowest rates in the U.S. Residential property is currently assessed at 7.96 percent, while a non-residential property is assessed at 29 percent.

That's a product of the Gallagher Amendment and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

"Property taxes have been so low for long that the school district ballot initiative actually represented about a 12 percent (property tax) increase," said Ken Brownlee, Mesa County Assessor.

There can be a downfall when it comes to having enough funding. But county leaders say we have the right balance of taxes and services.

"We got the great outdoors, great facilities, excellent schools, great police department and sheriff's department," said Commissioner Scott McInnis, R-Mesa County. "I don't know, I think we got it together and I don't see any reason to apologize for anything."

"We've seen a lot of people come and move to the Grand Valley area and they've been remarking about how cheap the property tax is," said Samuel Hall of Mountain Coast Group, Keller Williams.

There is also concern that too many may move in, too fast.

"I want our secret to stay our secret and let's enjoy it," McInnis said.

While home values are up about 10 percent from a year ago, experts say don't expect a Denver-level surge.

"I'm pretty bullish about the market overall but I don't see ourselves being as crazy as the Denver market," Hall said. "I think our growth is sustainable and is continuous."

Montrose County was listed as being 'Low' and Delta County as 'Very low' on that same survey. Pueblo County ranked the top of the list.

You can read the whole survey by clicking here.

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