10. How do I change my mailing
Assessorís office requires a signed request for an address change. This
will also change the address your tax notices are sent to and any other
correspondence the county mails out. You may call to request a form, go on the
web site and print it out or simply write out a request with an account number
and the new address. It may be faxed or mailed to the Assessorís office, but it
must have a signature.
Gilpin County Office of the Assessor
Phone: 303-582-5451 Fax:
203 Eureka Street
P.O. Box 338,
Central City, CO
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How is my
property value determined? Values are determined by comparing your property with properties
that are similar in location, design, size, age and amenities and which sold
during the re-assessment period. This is known as the Sales Comparison or
2. How are property taxes calculated? Actual value multiplied by the
assessment rate multiplied by the mill levy equals tax dollars. At this point
in time the residential assessment rate is 7.96% . The assessment rate for
vacant land, business personal property and commercial is 29%. Example:
Please note this is only an example. Your value and mill levy may be
different. $150,000 (actual value) x 7.96% (residential assessment rate) x
.081265 (mill levy) = $970.30 (tax dollars).
3. Who sets the mill levy? The mill levy is set by the individual taxing
authority such as school, county, city, fire and sanitation districts. These
authorities provide services to you and are listed on your last tax notice.
4. Why are the taxes on my vacant land so high compared to my land with the
house? Because the
assessment rate is set by the State of Colorado. The state of Colorado set
the assessment rate for residential property at 7.96%. The rate for vacant and
commercial property has been set at 29% of actual value.
5. Is there any way to lower the taxes on my vacant land? If your land
is buildable you can build a house on it. If the vacant land adjoins your
residence you may be able to do what is called a Boundary Line Elimination (B.L.E.),
which would combine both lots into one. If you do this you will have only the
one lot, which will then be assessed as improved land (no longer vacant).
Please be aware that if you do decide to do a B.L.E. it can never be reversed.
6. Who would I talk to about a B.L.E.?
Talk to the Community Development Department, They will be happy to give you
more information, please call Tony at 303-582-5831.
7. Doesn't the Tabor Amendment for 1992 prevent my taxes from rising?
No. The Tabor Amendment (Amendment 1 of 1992) controls the amount that the
State and local governments can collect and spend. It does not limit the rate
of increase of an individual tax bill.
8. If I do not agree with the actual value, what steps should I take? A
property owner may protest the value of their property during the month of May.
During reappraisal years (odd years) property owners are mailed a Notice of
Value with a protest form. The protest form is also available on the county web
site. The protest form must be returned to our office postmarked no later than
June 1. The protest may also be hand delivered or faxed. If you appoint an agent
to act on your behalf, that person needs your written authorization
9. What happens after I appeal? The Assessor's office will review each
appeal and make a decision by June 30. A Notice of Determination will be mailed
at that time. Property owners should be prepared for the Assessorís office to
make a physical inspection of the property. If you are dissatisfied with the
Assessorís response, you may appeal to the County Board of Equalization.