The primary duty of the assessor is to discover, list, classify, and value all real property and taxable personal property located within the county, pursuant to Article X, Section 3 of the Colorado Constitution, for property tax assessment purposes.
The administrative staff is responsible for recording all property transfer documents, new plats, and subdivisions and making subsequent changes in all ownership records, including computer records, geographic parcel information maps, property record cards, and other record sources as necessary. The staff also provides public information, generates reports, certifies values to taxing entities, prepares the abstract report, and delivers the tax roll to the treasurer.
The appraisal staff is responsible for discovering, inspecting, inventorying, and valuing all real property and taxable personal property within Routt County based upon a two-year reappraisal cycle. Valuation methods include the cost, income, and/or market approaches to value and all valuations adhere uniform standards of professional appraisal practices. All valuation is subject to strict audit requirements set by the State of Colorado, according to state statute. Values are also scrutinized by property owners who can challenge the conclusions of the appraisers through an appeal process.