Storm Mountain Ranch property tax issue declared matter of statewide interest

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— The Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals determined late Friday that the property tax question at issue in its recent Storm Mountain Ranch decision is a matter of statewide interest.

The board previously determined that the acre underneath the 14 luxury homes at Storm Mountain Ranch was not integral to the ranching activities that go on there. That decision took away the favorable ag tax classification for the 1-acre building envelopes and taxed them at residential rates, but the methodology the board laid out in the same decision for valuing the building envelopes resulted in $230 of taxes for Storm Mountain Ranch owners.

Routt County filed a notice of appeal Friday to take the Board of Assessment Appeals’ decision to the Court of Appeals.

County Attorney John Merrill wrote in an email that the county filed the notice before finding out about the board’s decision. Merrill wrote that he didn’t think the county would file a new notice of appeal, but that he was “giving that some thought.”

“The scope of review may be a little broader,” Merrill wrote about the board, stating that the matter is of statewide interest. “The real advantage is that the BAA is telling the Court of Appeals that this is an important matter.”

Merrill wrote that he doesn’t have a timeline yet for how the case would proceed because the Board of Assessment Appeals controls when some records are submitted.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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