Under Colorado law, county assessors must list and calculate the value of all real and personal property for tax purposes. The Las Animas County Assessor's office is comprised of land administration professionals, appraisers and data analysts who are dedicated to protecting property rights by ensuring accurate and appropriate determination of taxation through fair and equitable property valuation.
In addition to the determination of Las Animas County property values, the Assessor's office:
- Analyzes trends in property sales markets
- Verifies properties eligible for exemption
- Maintains an updated and accurate list of building descriptions and property characteristics and tracks property ownership changes
- Maintains parcel boundary maps
Note: the recent survey (2016) sent out by the Assessor's Office is an agricultural questionnaire mandated by the State of Colorado.
Jodi Amato, County Assessor
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
200 East 1st Street, Room 203
Trinidad, Colorado 81082
2020 Appeal Announcement
On May 1, 2020 real property valuation appeals begin with the Assessor's office. Real property value in Colorado is determined on a two-year cycle and 2020 real property value reflects market data as of June 30, 2019. Property owners will only receive a Notice of Value this May if their property value changed due to the creation of a new lot or subdivision, new construction, an addition or remodel or other physical changes to an existing property.
By Colorado law, the 2020 real property value is based on June 30, 2019 market data. "Unfortunately, unless there is a change in our State Constitution or statutes, our hands are tied this year," said Jodi Amato, Las Animas County Assessor. "We cannot accept appeals based on taxes or effects on property value due to the present pandemic crisis. As it stands now, the economic impacts of the current pandemic will be addressed in the 2021 revaluation of all real property," Amato added.
Real property values for the 2021 reappraisal will be based on market data as of June 30, 2020 absent legislative change.
County Assessors in the state recognize the impact the COVID 19 pandemic has had on the Colorado economy this year; however, assessors do not have the authority to adjust the current (2020) market value. The Colorado Assessor's Association is currently working with Colorado public officials to help find a way to address these issues. The Assessor's office urges you to contact your local state representatives regarding the COVID 19 pandemic.