Will property valuations for tax assessments be changing in Delta County in 2020?

Generally, no.  Tax year 2019 was a general re-appraisal year in Colorado.  All taxable properties were re-valued in Delta County in Tax Year 2019.  Tax Year 2020 is an “intervening” year in Colorado’s statutory 2-year reappraisal cycle.  Generally, a property value will only change in Tax Year 2020 if the physical characteristics of the property have changed, or if the property’s use or classification for assessment purposes has changed.  In those cases, the Assessor’s office will send a Notice of Valuation in May, 2020 that will reflect the valuation change.  Otherwise, the insert you receive in your Tax Year 2019 Tax Notice (mailed in January, 2020) serves as your Tax Year 2020 Notice of Valuation, with the actual value of your property stated on the Tax Notice itself.  Using this method to notify taxpayers of their valuation in an intervening year saves several thousand dollars in mailing costs.  The taxpayer has a right to challenge the Tax Year 2020 valuation until June 1, 2020, if he or she believes the valuation of his or her property is incorrect.  Under Colorado law, properties will be reappraised to a new level of value for Tax Year 2021.

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1. Will property valuations for tax assessments be changing in Delta County in 2020?
2. I have read that property values are increasing. Will this affect the valuation of my property in Delta County?
3. How will foreclosures occurring in Delta County affect property valuation for 2019?
4. I don’t understand why there should be a property tax at all. It seems like a very unfair tax. Why does it continue to be used?
5. The Colorado property tax seems especially inequitable and unfair—especially to commercial property owners. Why is this?
6. Can you estimate my taxes based on the value of my property?
7. Who makes the rules on property assessment?
8. News media stories have indicated that nearly all taxpayers who contest their assessment get a substantial reduction in value that significantly reduces their tax. Is that true?
9. I think you have the correct value on my property, but I feel my taxes are too high. What can you do about that?
10. I thought the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment” said that taxes could not go up, yet my valuation has increased. How can that be?
11. I built my house myself. It cost me much less than the value you have assigned to it. Can’t you take my cost into account when you value it?
12. The farmer/rancher next door to me has a much lower value on his land than I do on my residential lot. Why?
13. I am an agricultural landowner with a residence on my land that I do not use as an integral part of my agricultural operation. Why did my property value go up?
14. My business real estate has about the same actual value as my residence, but the tax for the commercial property was more than 3½ times my residential tax last year. Why?
15. What do my property taxes pay for?
16. What records contained in the Assessor’s office are public?
17. How does the Assessor’s Office determine what the selling prices were for real property?
18. An appraiser from your office visited my property recently. Why?
19. How do I know that an individual visiting my property is an appraiser from your office?
20. What do I do if I feel that the information contained in the Assessor’s records is incorrect? What if I have concerns about my valuation?
21. If I request that an appraiser field visit my property, do I have to pay for that individually?
22. I know that there are structures on my property or other properties that you do not have assessed. Why should I tell you about that?