Office of the Assessor

“The office of assessor is one of the most important in the county and, generally speaking, demands a higher class of ability than is required of any of the other county officers.  Like the judges of the courts, an assessor is charged with the administration of justice.  Fixing values which determine the amount of the taxpayers’ contribution to the support of government is a delicate business, and one that demands most careful discrimination and the keenest appreciation of the rights of individuals.”

First Annual Report of the Colorado Tax Commission
to the Governor, Treasurer, and Legislature

December 14, 1912

While a lot has changed since the Colorado Tax Commission published their initial annual report, some of the fundamental principles of the assessor’s office have not changed.  It is still important that the assessor be highly qualified in a technical sense but also have a clear understanding of the result of their valuations on property owners within the county.  In general the Assessor does not set policy but, rather, follows an intricate matrix of statutory laws, constitutional mandates, and mandatory guidelines published by the Division of Property Taxation. 

The Assessor’s Office is essentially the County’s appraisal office and the Assessor must have a working knowledge of Colorado property tax law.  All assessors in Colorado are required to discover, list, classify and value the taxable property within their jurisdiction.  My goals for the Arapahoe County Assessor’s Office are to establish accurate and supportable valuations, meet all legally mandated reporting deadlines, and operate within a fiscally conservative budget.  During the past year we met those goals by passing the annual state audit and leveraging technology to reduce the size of our car pool by 15%.  Our website has been redesigned to provide more transparency and accessibility to all public record data. 

I am proud of our staff and the work we have accomplished.  I would be glad to address any questions you may have about the Assessor’s Office or the work we do.  Please contact me if you would like to arrange a meeting individually or with your organization. 

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