Like many states, Colorado has many layers in its property tax appeals system. Appeals are filed to the local assessor, the Board of Equalization, the Board of Assessment Appeals or the County District Court.
The City and County of Denver adopted a pilot program last month that should simplify the appeals system and give taxpayers more time to contest an overstated property assessment.
Rather than filing and keeping tabs on an appeal through many different levels, Denver property owners will now have one single hearing before the Denver Board of County Commissioners.
This option became available with the approval of House Bill 13-1113. If the pilot program works well in Denver, it could ultimately be adopted statewide.
There are minor changes to the schedule for mailing valuation notices. More importantly, Denver property owners will have almost six months longer to file an appeal this year.
Real property valuation notices issued by May 1
Personal Property valuation notices issued by July 15 (rather than June 15)
Appeal deadline November 15 (in all other Colorado counties, the appeal deadline is June 1)
The Denver Board of County Commissioners is required to act on each appeal within six months of the date when the property owner filed.