Colorado State Statutes mandate that county assessors report to their board of county commissioners, on or before July 15 of each year, a record of the properties and owners on which a protest of the assessed value of that property was filed, including the disposition of that protest.
The report must include the total taxable value of all real and personal property in the county, as of the date of the report. Also required is a list of business personal property owners who failed to report to the assessor a list of their business personal property.
County assessor Debbie Griffith provided her report to county commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes on July 9.
In 2018 the assessor's office received a total of 99 protests of the assessed valuation for the year 2017, taxes payable in 2018.
"That is the lowest number of protests received in the assessor's office in the past 29 years," Griffith said.
"We made corrections that lowered the value on 64 accounts, raised the value on 13 accounts, and on 23 accounts the value remained the same.
"One protest was voided because the taxpayer filed his protest on the wrong property."
Griffith reported that the current value of all taxable real and personal property in Delta County is $296,966,248, which shows an increase from December 2017 of $1,981,797.
"The increase will result in approximately $35,000 of additional revenue for Delta County," Griffith said.
"We have received preliminary figures for our companies assessed by the state that indicate a decrease in value of about $2,416,500, which results in a loss of revenue of approximately $43,150. The result would be a net loss in property tax revenue of about $8,150."
Griffith expects to receive the final state assessed values by Aug. 1.
Eighty businesses failed to report their business personal property in 2018. The report included their business name, account number and the value of the personal property currently on the account.
Griffith said, "The assessor's office will provide a certification of values to all taxing authorities on or before Aug. 25, 2018, including the effect of the Delta Urban Renewal District on the county's net valuation."
Griffith said it is always possible there could be substantial changes to values in the last half of 2018.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.