La Plata County Assessor Craig Larson on Tuesday announced his intention to seek re-election.
Larson, a Democrat, has held the assessor position since 1987.
Speaking at the La Plata County Courthouse before his staff and supporters, he highlighted his accomplishments.
He said he has overseen implementation of software that greatly expanded the availability of tax assessment information
online. This includes drawings, photographs and aerial views of properties.
There's just been a ton of uses for the information we have put online," he said.
Advanced computer technology also is being employed to further refine valuations for individual properties.
He said he has worked closely with the natural-gas companies to ensure the proper valuation of their operations and
He has also had the unenviable task of informing the county's taxing entities that tough times are ahead as revenue
from natural gas declines because of low prices and flat production. He has sent letters and made presentations to help
Larson is a graduate of Fort Lewis College, where he majored in geology. He holds a master's degree in public
administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
During his time in office, the assessed value of taxable property in the county has gone from $254 million to over $3.4
No candidates have come forward to oppose Larson.