Assessor to challenge 2001 tax abatement
County budget woes affected by decrease in property value assessments
The Moffat County Commissioners may be able to recover some of the money the county lost in the past year due to drops in property value.
At the Dec. 8 commissioner meeting, Suzanne Brinks, Moffat County Assessor, will discuss challenging certain property assessments with the commissioners.
Part of the county’s current budget woes were caused by a decrease in property value assessments. During a recent property value reassessment, the Department of Property Taxation in Denver revalued Salt River Project, a local power company, at $1.4 million less than county assessors thought it was worth.
Chief Assessor Deborah Canfield said the county traveled to Denver, challenged the assessment, and won.
“But the state turned around and recommended abatement for 2002,” Canfield said. The state reduced Salt River Project’s taxes for that year without the county’s input.
“We should have been allowed to present our side,” Canfield said. The state believed that Salt River project paid too much in taxes, but county assessors believed the amount was reasonable.
The Department of Property Taxation recommended abatement for Salt River Project’s 2001 taxes as well.
On Monday, Suzanne Brinks, Moffat County Assessor, will recommend the commissioners challenge the state’s decision for 2001 tax abatement, Canfield said.
According to information on the Moffat County Assessment Office website, Salt River project was the fifth highest county taxpayer in 2002. Salt River Project’s assessed property value was $21,417,500, and that company paid $1,370,784 in taxes, which were distributed among Moffat and Routt Counties, as well as other tax districts.
Canfield did not know if the Routt County Assessor’s Office would challenge the abatement also.
Brinks could not be reached for comment.
The recent readdressing of rural Moffat County homes is also on the agenda.
During the past months, rural Moffat County residents have been selecting new names for the roads on which they live.
The commissioners directed all residents of homes with driveways used by more than one household to select one road name so emergency vehicles could respond to emergency calls more efficiently.
Sue Graler, Moffat County Planning Director, will present the new road names for approval to the commissioners on Monday.
“For the most part, everyone has been pretty cooperative naming their roads,” Graler said.
At the same meeting, Sharon Spalding will address issues between the Moffat County library system and the commissioners.
The commissioners may decrease the library’s mill levy in the next year.
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