Dear Editor: I retired to Ouray County in summer 2021 with the purchase of a home. I received a call today from the Ouray County Assessor's Office after scheduling a meeting with the Board of Equalization appealing their 100% increase in tax assessed value. I provided, in two different appeals, six sold comparables indicating the value of all six homes to be approximately 25% lower. I was informed by the assessor's office this morning that those do not matter for "my home's value is based on the price I paid" during the two-year assessment period. I was told that if I pursue this further a site visit will happen and that they could possibly raise my assessed value higher. I told the assessor's office that I had some concerns with the price paid and she said she knew the listing agent who sold the home and would call her for further details, if I proceeded. As a licensed Colorado real estate managing broker, I question the legal and ethical standards of such a call and whether to divulge private transaction information. It was another threat!
July 19, 2023
What are we getting with increased taxes?