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Assessor

Alamosa County Assessor

 

The County Assessor is responsible for valuing all real and personal property, including mobile homes, residential and commercial properties and agricultural land for property tax purposes.

The Assessor determines the equitable value of property to ensure that each taxpayer pays only his or her share of the taxes. Anyone who disagrees with changes in the actual value of real property can object or file a protest with the Assessor’s Office.

 









Ph. (719) 589-6365| F. (719) 589-6118
8999 Independence Way | Suite 105
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
CONTACT US

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County Assessor Sandra Hostetter
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County Assessor
Sandra Hostetter

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Valley Assessor’s Share Information on 2023 Reappraisal

Assessor’s across Colorado are tasked with revaluing all taxable property every odd year.  Most property is valued based on the local market.  By state statute, the data collection period for the 2023 reappraisal is January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

The real estate market during this 18-month period was extraordinary; properties were short lived on the market and homes were selling over asking price.  The volume and rapid rise in sales prices trickled down to all properties.  Property owners could see a substantial rise in their property value.  The rise in residential valuation within the San Luis Valley is reported between 30 and 80%.  Vacant land trends are similar.

A bit of relief will be seen with lower assessment rates and legislation that could reduce residential property value by $15,000 and commercial property by $30,000 for tax year 2023.

Per statute, all property must be valued fairly and equitably following the rules and guidelines set forth by the State of Colorado.  Assessor’s offices are audited annually to ensure they are following valuation requirements set forth by the state. The offices must be in compliance both statistically and procedurally.

Notices of Value will be sent out by May 1, 2023.  As always, property owners have the opportunity to appeal the classification and/or valuation of their property.  The deadline to appeal your property is June 8, 2023.

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Abstract of Assessment

See below for more information on the allocation of your property tax dollars and distribution of taxes:

2021 Abstract of Assessment

2020 Abstract of Assessment

2019 Abstract of Assessment

2018 Abstract of Assessment

2017 Abstract of Assessment

Forms

Earth or Stone Products, Real & Personal Property 

Manufactured Housing Information

Manufactured Home Authentication Form

Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption Application

        More Forms

Manufactured Home Transfer Declaration

Personal Property Declaration Schedule

Real Property Transfer Declaration (TD-1000)

Renewable Energy Property Declaration Schedule 

Residential Personal Property Declaration Schedule

Affidavit of Real Property for a Manufactured Home

Senior Property Tax Exemption Long Form Instructions

Senior Property Tax Exemption Long Form Application

Senior Property Tax Exemption Short Form Instructions

Senior Property Tax Exemption Short Form Application

Gold Star Spouse Application And Instructions

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Senior Citizen Exemption 

The Assessor's office has served over 800 senior citizens who have been approved to receive the “Senior Homestead Exemption”. The maintenance of this program is paramount to our office, and we will continue to administer the Senior Homestead Program.

For qualifying seniors, this exemption reduces the property tax on the primary residence by exempting 50% of the first $200,000 in market value. For example:

  • If your primary residence has a market value of $200,000, the first $100,000 will be exempt from taxation.
  • If your primary residence has a market value of $175,000, the first $87,500 will be exempt from taxation, etc.

If you have previously applied and been approved for participation in the Senior Exemption Program, you need take no further action. Your initial application is still in effect. The Assessor must be informed of any changes in ownership or occupancy of the property within 60-days of when the change occurs. IF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS NEEDED, WE WILL CONTACT YOU! 

         Eligibility for Exemption

You must be at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application,

  • Owned their home for at least 10 years as of January 1.
  • Occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 years as of January 1.
  • Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.
  • The senior citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1st after 2001. The application deadline is July 15.

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Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION
The exemption is available to applicants who: a) sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active
duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, b) were honorably discharged, and c) were rated by the federal
Department of Veterans Affairs as one hundred percent permanent disability through disability retirement benefits.
Disabilities rated at less than one hundred percent and VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement.
The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of
application; however, limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the eligibility
requirements section of the application. The application deadline for 2023 is July 1. Applications are available
from the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, from the website of the Colorado Division of
Property Taxation at https://cdola.colorado.gov/property-taxation or the county assessor of the county in which the
property in located. Completed applications must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs at the address below.


DISABLED VETERAN SURVIVING SPOUSE EXEMPTION
The exemption is available to surviving spouses of disabled veterans who had the disabled veteran exemption and
who passed away prior to January 1 of the current year. The property must be owner occupied and used as the
primary residence of an owner-occupier who is the surviving spouse of a qualifying disabled veteran. The
application deadline for 2023 is July 1. Applications are available from the Colorado Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs, from the website of the Colorado Division of Property Taxation at
https://dcola.colorado.gov/property-taxation or the county assessor of the county in which the property is located.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at the
address listed below.


DISABLED VETERAN GOLD STAR SPOUSES
Beginning in January 2023, this exemption is available to surviving spouses of “Gold Star” Veterans. The property
must be owner occupied and used as the primary residence of an owner-occupier who is the surviving spouse of a
qualifying Gold Star Veteran. The application deadline for 2023 is July 1. In early January 2023 applications will
be available from the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs from the website of the Colorado
Division of Property Taxation at https://cdola.colorado.gov/property-taxation or the county assessor of the county in
which the property is located. Completed applications must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Military
and Veterans Affairs at the address listed below.

Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Affairs
155 Van Gordon St., Suite 201
Lakewood, Colorado 80228
Telephone: 303-914-5832 Fax:

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Pursuant to Colorado State Statute C.R.S. Article 3, Title 39, all taxable and exempt property is valued by the county assessor valuation criteria as stipulated by statute and by using manuals, appraisal procedures, and instructions issued by the Property Tax Administrator.

  • The total value as determined by the County Assessor is certified to the county entities and the state.
  • Each entity certifies a mill levy to the Assessor and then it is the duty of the Assessor to extend the tax on all property assessed and direct the County Treasurer to collect the taxes.

All property, real and personal, located in the State of Colorado on the assessment date, January 1, is taxable unless expressly exempted by the Constitution or state statutes. Article X, Section 3, Colorado Constitution, and 39-1-102 (16), C.R.S.

  • Most property in Colorado is valued using the three approaches to value:
    • The market approach, the cost approach, and the income approach.
  • The exceptions to the three approaches include residential real property (market only), agricultural land, and natural resource land (special valuation procedures based on productivity and production).
  • The market, cost, and income data that county assessors use to apply the appropriate approaches to value is collected during specific periods prescribed by statute and represent a certain ''level of value''.
  • Property taxes are not calculated on the ''full actual value'' as determined by the assessor. Instead, an assessment percentage is applied according to the classification of the property. 39-1-104(1) and (1.5), C.R.S.
  • Residential property is assessed at a percentage of the actual value; currently, this percentage is 7.15% while most other property is assessed at 29%.

A property owner must be sent a notice of valuation (NOV) every year.

  • This notice must be mailed no later than May 1.
  • In the language of the notice is stated the actual value that the assessor has assigned to your property.
  • This notice of valuation is not a tax bill.
  • The purpose of this notice is to inform you of any change in your property valuation and advises you of your right to appeal the value.

If a taxpayer disagrees with the value assigned by the assessor, the taxpayer may file a protest during the statutory protest period.

  • Real property protests must be postmarked no later than June 1, or a taxpayer may appear in person to protest no later than June 1. 39-5-121(1), C.R.S.
  • Personal property protests must be postmarked no later than June 30, or a taxpayer may appear in person to protest no later than July 5. 39-5-121(1.5), C.R.S.
  • A protest form is included with the notice of valuation: however it is not mandatory for the taxpayer to use this form, or any other particular form, when protesting.

All personal inquiries and letters/faxes received during the protest period are processed and reviewed.

  • The assessor's staff corrects any erroneous or improper valuations.
  • If the assessor determines that the value is correct, no adjustments will be applied.
  • In each determination, the assessor includes the reason(s) for denial and information regarding the taxpayer's right of appeal to the county Board of Equalization.

NO! Colorado statutes require that the sitting assessor hear protest on valuation that has been assigned by the assessor.

    The assessor does not assign taxes.
    Taxes include a number of components that are beyond the assessor's control, such as mill levy and assessment rate.
        The assessment rate is set by the State Legislature and mill levies are determined by each governing entity such as schools, city or county, fire department, etc.
    The end results of these components determine the amount of taxes levied. The following is an example of how taxes are determined.

Property Type: Residential Non-Residential
Assigned by Assessor: $100,000   $100,000
State Statutes: x    .0796 x        .29
Assessed Value: $7,960 $29,000
Mill Levy assigned by an entity: x.074201 x .074201
Taxes Due: $590.64 $2,151.83

Agricultural land valuation is directed by Section 3(1)(a), article X of the Colorado Constitution and are calculated on the earning capacity of the land, using a ten year average of commodity prices, locally researched expenses and factors supplied by the Division of Property Taxation. Each of the Assessor’s offices are audited to verify that their calculations fall within the guidelines prescribed by the Colorado Constitution.