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The Assessor’s Office Response to Covid-19

Is the Assessor’s Office open?

Assessor Staff are available, just as they have been throughout this crisis, to assist our citizens and business partners.  Our Public Assistance area is now open to walk-in meetings, and staff are also available during normal business hours by phone, email, and online chat.  If you would like to visit the Assessor’s Office in person, please come to the west door of the Wilcox Administration Building and phone our Public Assistants at 303-660-7450.  A member of our office team will meet you at the door and escort you into the building.  We are committed to providing world class customer service and ensure that all customer needs are met.

How has the pandemic affected my property value?

Colorado law specifies that 2020 real property values be based on sales and market data from the 18-month period ending June 30, 2018.  As a result, the Assessor does not have the ability to recognize effects on property values due to the current pandemic crisis.  County Assessors in the state recognize the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on the Colorado economy this year. The market and economic impact to property values due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be considered during the reappraisal conducted for 2021.  Unless changes to statute occur, 2021 Real Property assessments will be based on the Appraisal Date of June 30, 2020 and will include market data that is affected by the pandemic.

How has the pandemic crisis changed deadlines for the Assessor’s Office?

On April 2nd, the Governor’s Executive Order D 2020 022 extended the filing deadline for Business Personal Property Declarations from April 15 to June 15, 2020.  This is a one-time extension without penalty.  For more information please contact the Business Personal Property team at [email protected]

On April 9, 2020 the Colorado State Board of Equalization adopted an emergency rule altering many important dates in the Assessment Calendar.  View Calendar HERE.

On April 28, 2020 the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners passed a Resolution at the request of the Douglas County Assessor to adopt the Alternate Property Tax Appeal Calendar and Procedures available in 39-5-122.7 C.R.S.  This means that Notices of Determination for Assessor-level appeals filed in 2020 will be mailed no later than August 21, 2020, and that the County Board of Equalization will accept appeals of the Assessor’s decision no later than September 28th.  This deadline is ordinarily September 15th, but the State Board of Equalization emergency rule (see above) modified this date slightly.