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Unused lumber sits on the site of a home planned for construction in the West End Village neighborhood in Steamboat Springs on Wednesday. Valuation of real estate for tax purposes has increased during the past two years, but the Routt County Assessor's Office has not seen many protests.

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Property valuations increase dramatically during past two years

Property owners in Steamboat Springs are adapting to the news this month that valuation of their real estate for tax purposes has increased dramatically during the past two years. In some cases, property owners' building lots are more valuable than their houses.

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