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Property tax bills mailed Monday

Moffat County assessor: Values increased across the board, partly due to school, hospital bonds

Collin Smith

— Property owners may remember getting a notice of value on their property from the Moffat County Assessor’s Office in May 2007.

Although it can be nice to see a property’s worth increase, it might not be so nice to see the taxes go up, as well.

Moffat County property owners likely will open tax bill envelopes soon, since Treasurer Robert Razzano mailed them Monday. When that happens, owners should take into account recent bond elections before coming to the county, Assessor Suzanne Brinks said.

“People have to remember, as they’re getting their tax bills, the value of their property increased, and they have to remember they voted in almost 8 mills for the (Moffat County) School District and (The Memorial Hospital) bonds last November,” Brinks said.

Because of the bonds passed, taxes for each $150,000 of value on a residential property increased slightly more than $95, Brinks said.

The state offered a protest period regarding property values when assessors sent out last year’s notices, she added. Moffat County had about 300, which was about normal and not significant considering the number of property owners in the county, the assessor said.

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Her office will be open to questions.

“We’re always willing to answer any questions people might have,” Brinks said.

Values went up across the board. Because the state uses odd-number years to revalue locally assessed property, Brinks’ office assessed all residential, commercial and non-use property in the county.

“Residential property, just across the board, went up about 25 percent,” Brinks said.

Commercial property went up about 20 percent, she added.

It’s a trend that keeps continuing and has not shown any signs of leveling off, Brinks said.

In total, the county’s assessed value increased about $56 million, from $418 million to $474 million.

“This is the highest assessed value for the county since I’ve been in this office,” said Brinks, who has been in the Assessor’s Office since 1987. “Last year, in 2006, $418 (million) had been the highest. The year before that was the highest. The last five years have been higher than the last.”

Property sale prices are going up along with property prices, Brinks added.

“The economy right now is going up, not down,” she said.

Most value increases can be traced back to regional oil and gas activity, she said.

Property owners who choose to pay property taxes in two parts need to have the first half paid by Feb. 29 and the second half by June 15.

Full payments are due by April 30.

Those with questions about their property taxes can call the Assessor’s Office at 824-9102.

Pay your taxes

Property owners can pay their property tax in either one or two installments. The following are tax due dates.

One payment: by April 30

Two payments: first half by Feb. 29; second half by June 15

Those with questions can call the Moffat County Assessor’s Office at 824-9102.