From June 15 to June 30, owners of taxable personal property – such as business furnishings, equipment, etc. – may challenge the La Plata County assessor’s valuation of that property.
The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on a Personal Property Declaration Schedule. For people who failed to file a declaration schedule, the value was determined using the “best information available.”
Taxpayers who disagree with their personal property valuations may object by mail or in person. Once an objection has been filed, the assessor will review the account and mail a Notice of Determination by July 10.
People who disagree with the assessor’s decision may file an appeal with the county Board of Equalization. The appeal must be postmarked or hand delivered by July 2. The board will notify residents by mail of a hearing date, time and place where they may present evidence in support of their case.
The board will conclude hearings and render decisions by Aug. 5. If the county board adjusts the value of property, the adjusted value will be reflected on residents’ January tax bill.
Residents who disagree with the county board’s decision, may file an appeal with the State Board of Assessment Appeals or District Court, or they may request a binding arbitration hearing within 30 days of the county board’s mailed decision.
For more information about the protest and appeal process, call the Assessor’s Office at 382-6231.