Assessor

Robert L. Wooldridge

231 Ensign St., P.O. Box 892
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
email
970-542-3512
970-542-3502 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Assessor's Office is responsible for discovering, listing, and valuing all property within the county as directed by state laws. It is the duty of the Assessor to locate, identify and value all taxable property within the County.

The Assessor is the only locally elected official audited annually by the General Assembly. The audit insures compliance with state laws, standards and guidelines in regard to property values and procedures used to determine that property is valued fairly and equitably, using generally accepted professional appraisal techniques and methods.

The Assessor is committed to fairness and works diligently to ensure that no one pays more or less than their appropriate portion of the property tax burden.

Property Tax Exemptions

NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND DISABLED VETERANS

A property tax exemption is available to senior citizens, qualifying disabled veterans, and the surviving spouses of senior citizens or disabled veterans who were previously granted the exemption.  For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted.  The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax.  Once approved, the exemption remains in effect for future years, and the applicant need not reapply.  The General Assembly may eliminate the funding for the Senior Citizen Exemption or Disabled Veteran Exemption at their discretion in any year that the budget does not allow for the reimbursement.

Application requirements are as follows:

SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION

The exemption is available to applicants who: a) are at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application, b) owned their home for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1, and c) occupied it as their primary residence and have done so for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1.  Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.  The exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who previously met the requirements.  The application deadline for 2018 is July 15.  Our office will accept late applications through August 15, 2018 but late applicants do not have appeal rights for an application filed after July 15.  Any application received after August 15, 2018 will be applied to the 2019 tax year.

The application form is available from and must be submitted to the county assessor at the following address:

Morgan County Assessor’s Office
P. O. Box 892, Fort Morgan, CO  80701
Telephone: 970-542-3512      Fax: 970-542-3516

WHICH FORM TO USE FOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION

The SHORT Form will be sufficient to fill out and send in most of the time.  HOWEVER, use the LONG Form if a) You are a surviving spouse and you are not over 65 years old as of January 1, b) your property is in a Trust, c) your property is owned by a corporate partnership or other legal entity, d) if your prior residence was destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by a natural disaster, or e) your prior residence was condemned in an eminent domain proceeding.

DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION

This exemption is available to veterans who: a) sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.  This includes members of the National Guard and Reserves who sustained their injury during a period in which they were called to active duty, b) were honorably discharged, and c) the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has rated the veteran’s service-connected disability as a one hundred percent permanent disability through disability retirement benefits pursuant to a law or regulation administered by the department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the Department of the Army, Navy or Air Force.  Disabilities rated at less than one hundred percent and VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement.  The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application; however, limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the eligibility requirements section of the application.  The application deadline for 2018 is July 1.  Applications are available from the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DVMA) at the address and telephone number shown below and from the website of the Colorado Division of Property Taxation - Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Application Form.  Completed applications must be submitted to the DVMA at the following address:

Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Affairs
1355 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg C, Suite 113
Denver, Colorado  80222
Telephone: 303-284-6077   Fax: 303-284-3163
www.colorado.gov/vets

DISABLED VETERAN SURVIVING SPOUSE EXEMPTION

The exemption is available to surviving spouses of disabled veterans who had the disabled veteran exemption and who passed away prior to January 1 of the current year.  The property must be owner occupied and used as the primary residence of an owner-occupier who is the surviving spouse of a qualifying disabled veteran.  The application deadline for 2018 is July 1.  The application is available from the Division of Veterans Affairs or the county assessor of the county in which the property is located, and must be returned to the county assessor - Disabled Veteran Spouse Tax Exemption Form.