On May 1, county assessors throughout Colorado mailed out valuation notices to all property owners in the state, as they do every two years. The new valuations reflect the appraised value of properties as of June 30, 2016, based on comparable neighborhood sales for the two-year period prior to that. We spoke with Larry Fite, chief appraiser for Pitkin County, and with Eagle County Assessor Mark Chapin, to explore the trends they discovered during the two-year valuation period which began mid-2014 and ended mid-2016. It’s helpful to understand these trends, both to understand how and why property values fluctuate and to get an idea of where things are going. Continue reading
How often is it that you have the opportunity to explore an entirely new trail system?
Sky Mountain Park officially debuted to the public in 2011, with two new trails. But this year alone, three more trails have been added, giving bikers and hikers a slew of connecting options on the scrub-brush and gambel-oak-covered, 2,500-acre ridge dividing the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys.
And what an amazing set of options they are, Continue reading
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On May 1, the Pitkin County Assessor’s Office will mail out 2013 property valuations to all County property owners. Since property values help determine taxes to be paid to myriad local taxing districts, and since the methods of determining these values can be mysterious to the average taxpayer, we asked Pitkin County Deputy Assessor and chief appraiser Larry Fite to explain what his office does, and what property owners can expect to see this year with their valuations. Continue reading