Updated: Oct 17
What is an abatement? In plain terms, it’s a refund. When there is an abatement of property of taxes paid, it means that your property was over-assessed and as a result overtaxed. According to a CORA request made to the Assessor’s office, between 2019 and 2021 abatements were up over 400%! And these represent only the errors that were found or that you complained about!
While the Assessor may state that this was a result of a "computer glitch," he personally selected the third-party canned system - it is his office after all – and it’s been in place for 3 years. Any problems should have been resolved within the first 6-12 months. If there is still a problem after 3 years, failure to correct these errors shows a lack of leadership. And as the abatements rose every year, arguably this shows that the current Assessor is more concerned about passing the audit than looking out for the citizens of Pueblo County.
As your next assessor, I will not tolerate over-valuations. Period.
I know that a lot of you work Monday thru Friday, and with inflation at 40-year highs you can’t afford to take a day off of work to go downtown. That is why I will personally visit every area of Pueblo County every Saturday or every other Saturday to answer your questions and provide assistance. Even if your question is outside of my wheelhouse as Assessor, my experience as a real estate paralegal, realtor, and soon a lawyer make me uniquely qualified to answer your questions and find solutions. The information that I gather will be given to my staff (or the appropriate county office) on Monday morning (there’s no reason for them to work on Saturday’s too).
On a side note, my CORA request for Notice of Valuations (NOV’s) sent in 2022 yielded 5,169 documents. As you may recall, NOV’s are usually only sent out every other year (odd years). After a little more review, I will post information regarding my findings.
It should be noted that the number of abetments received under a CORA request directly from the Assessor SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERS from the numbers reported by the Department of Public Taxation (DPT) in their 2021 Fifty-First Annual Report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Why these numbers differ is anyone's guess - but it appears that something is just not right in the Office of Assessor.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and I look forward to your support in November!