From June 15 to June 30, owners of taxable personal property (e.g., business furnishings, equipment, etc.) may challenge the county assessor's valuation of their property. The value determined by the assessor is based on information submitted on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule. If you failed to file a declaration schedule, the value was determined using the "best information available."
Taxpayers who disagree with their personal property valuations may object by mail or in person on or before June 30. Once an objection has been filed, the assessor will review your account and mail you a Notice of Determination by July 10. A taxpayer's exclusive remedy for a "best information available" (BIA) valuation is the protest procedure.
If you disagree with the assessor's decision, you may file an appeal with the county board of equalization. The appeal must be postmarked or hand-delivered by July 20. The county board will notify you by mail of the hearing date, time and place where you present evidence in support of your case. The county board will conclude hearings and render decisions by the close of business on Aug. 5. The county board must mail a decision within five business days of the date of its decision. If the county board adjusts the value of your property, the tax bill you receive next January will be based on the adjusted value.
If you disagree with the county board's decision, you may file an appeal with the State Board of Assessment Appeals or the district court, or you may request a binding arbitration hearing within 30 days of the county board.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.