Letter to the editor: Clarification on assessor’s duties

Posted 10/30/18

Clarification on assessor’s duties Ms. Engel’s letter supporting PK Kaiser is potentially misleading to the senior citizens of Arapahoe County. The property tax exemption for senior citizens is a …

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Letter to the editor: Clarification on assessor’s duties

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Clarification on assessor’s duties

Ms. Engel’s letter supporting PK Kaiser is potentially misleading to the senior citizens of Arapahoe County. The property tax exemption for senior citizens is a State of Colorado program that is administered by the local assessor’s office. The assessor does not have the power or legal authority to “increase exemptions for seniors” as stated in the letter. The amount of the exemption and annual funding authorization are set by the state and not at the county level. Similarly, the assessor’s office does not build affordable housing, finance affordable housing, or even approve affordable housing projects, so any “work to expand affordable housing” is clearly outside the scope of the assessor’s duties.

The voters of Arapahoe County need to be aware of these inconsistencies and conflicts between campaign rhetoric and the actual duties and obligations required of the county assessor.

Marc Scott

Arapahoe County assessor and

candidate for re-election

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