What is the Property Tax Exemption for Seniors?

In the November 2000 election, Colorado voters passed a Property Tax Exemption for Seniors, known as Referendum A. Qualifying Seniors will see 50 percent of the first $ 200,000 of actual value of their primary residence exempted from property tax. To qualify, at least one owner of a home must be 65 years or older as of January 1, and must have occupied the home as a primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years prior to January 1 of the year he/she applies. The Colorado Assembly reviews the exemption annually.

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1. How is the value determined on my property?
2. How often is property revalued?
3. What is the difference between actual value and assessed value?
4. How are property taxes calculated?
5. Why don’t all properties increase or decrease by the same percentage?
6. Who sets the mill levy?
7. Can you appeal your property taxes to the Assessor?
8. If I do not agree with the actual value, what steps should I take?
9. I’m not sure if I should appeal or not. How can I find out the sales prices of the properties in my neighborhood for the 24-month period prior to June 30, 2020?
10. What is the Property Tax Exemption for Seniors?
11. How are Parcel numbers assigned?
12. What do the codes mean on the parcel report?