Educating the public an important part of job

Posted 10/14/10

Editor’s note: Annette Springs is the Democratic candidate for Arapahoe County assessor. A native of Colorado, I grew up in west Denver and …

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Educating the public an important part of job


Editor’s note: Annette Springs is the Democratic candidate for Arapahoe County assessor.

A native of Colorado, I grew up in west Denver and graduated from West High School. While working and helping to raise a family of three boys, I completed the Executive MBA program and received certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation, arbitration, and negotiation) from the University of Denver.

I also participated in various professional and community organizations. I hold a bachelor of science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

My first “real” job was at Mountain Bell (a US WEST company) in an entry-level position, from which I was promoted to various management positions, and finally to directorship at US WEST Communications, a position in which I gained significant business experience.

I have spent the last 10 years as owner of a real estate appraisal firm, a Mortgage Loan Officer, Certified Residential and FHA Appraiser, and Broker Associate and Realtor specializing in lender-owned properties. I am also a Certified Short-Sales and Foreclosure Specialist. I am a member of the Aurora Association of Realtors, Colorado Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors.

From time to time, because of my knowledge and expertise, I receive requests to handle assignments usually outside the norm for appraisers, such as producing a property appraisal for use in the settlement of a property boundary dispute; estimating the cost and/or benefit of splitting a duplex into two single-family homes; resolving challenges to assessed property values; and reviewing appraisals completed by other appraisers.

Why me as assessor?

I am confident that my experience, qualifications, and enthusiasm for fulfilling the duties of Arapahoe County assessor makes me the best choice for this position.


Room for improvement exists in any system. As Arapahoe County assessor, I will be enthusiastic about implementing improvements wherever necessary.


As county assessor, I will make it a top priority to educate constituents about matters concerning their property values.

The public fully expects the assessor’s office to assess property values in a fair and uniform way as defined by law. But is the public sufficiently aware of the assessor’s role, the process, and how it may affect their livelihood? Does the constituent know, for example, why the assessed value of his or her property may differ from an appraiser’s opinion of its market value, a real estate agent’s market valuation of competitive properties, an insurance company’s valuation, or an automated system’s valuation?

Best practices

As county assessor, I will also evaluate “best practices” and incorporate them where appropriate, provided they cut costs and result in efficiencies that benefit property owners and stakeholders.

Equal access

As county assessor, I will ensure that property owners are made aware that they have equal access to property records to which appraisers, real estate agents, lenders, and title companies are now privy. This access will afford property owners a valuable resource and at the same time improve the function of the assessor’s office.

I have a track record of hard work, commitment, good work ethic, and integrity. I will bring all these qualities and more to the position.

My husband and I have lived in Aurora for the past 32 years. One of our three sons resides in Aurora, one in Pahrump, Nev., and one in Portland, Ore. I enjoy fishing, reading, and traveling. I am quick to say that there is no place more beautiful than Colorado, from the Four Corners to Grand Junction, to Pueblo, to Fort Collins, to Lamar, and all the fishing spots in-between.


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