Gilpin County Office of the Assessor
Anne Schafer, Assessor
Phone: 303-582-5451 Fax: 303-565-1798 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
203 Eureka Street P.O. Box 338, Central City, CO 80427
The Protest/Appeals Process
Protest Process Chart
What are the grounds for a protest? A protest is an opportunity for a property owner to question accuracy of the value the county has placed on their property.
Reasons for a protest might be an incorrect property record. You have an unfinished basement, not finished; you have a carport, not a garage; or your home has 1,600 not 2,000 square feet; acreage or square footage of land is incorrect. You may also protest if the assessed value is too high or to low; submitting evidence in the form of an appraisal done during the valuing time period.
Employees of the Assessorís office will do everything within their means to help you get the information you need for a protest. Please view them as an ally, not an adversary. Please double check that your protest has been signed and a daytime phone number is included.
If you think your value is correct, but your taxes are too high, this is an issue you must take up with the officials who determine budgets for each taxing authority. Taxes can not be protested through the Assessorís office.
Protests by Mail: If you choose to mail a written protest, you may elect to complete the protest form located on the back side of your Notice of Valuation or fill out the form on the county web site. Click here for Protest Form To preserve the right to protest, the real property protest must be postmarked no later than June 1. If the date for filing a protest falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the protest is deemed to have been timely filed if postmarked on the next business day.
Protests by Fax:
written protest may also be faxed to our office. Use the protest
form located on the back side of your Notice of Valuation, or
fill out the form on the county web site.
Click here for Protest Form, complete, sign and fax to 303-565-1798. To preserve your right
to protest, your faxed protest must be received in our office no
later than 5:00 P.M. on June 1. If you are faxing your protest
on June 1, be sure to allow enough time in the event that others
are also faxing their protests at the last minute. We will not
accept any protest time-stamped after 5:00 p.m. on that date.
Appealing the Assessorís Decision: If you disagree with the Assessorís determination, you may file a written appeal with the County Board of Equalization (CBOE) on or before July 15 for real property and on or before July 22 for personal property. The CBOE schedules and completes their hearings before August 5. The board must notify you in writing within five business days after their decision is made. If you are satisfied with the CBOE decision, the process ends there. If not, there are three options:
-Go to binding Arbitration
-Appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA), or
-Go to District Court
You must appeal within 30 days of the CBOE decision. If you choose Arbitration after the CBOE decision, the decision reached at Arbitration is final and not subject to review. If you are satisfied with the decision rendered by either the BAA or District Court, the process ends there. If, however, the decision rendered by either the BAA or District Court is unsatisfactory, you may then appeal to the Court of Appeals within 30 days of the BAA decision or 45 days of a District Court decision. The only appeal beyond that is to the Colorado Supreme Court.