The Piktin County Assessor’s office is swamped with paperwork from property owners appealing to the board of equalization.Aspen is suddenly full of people arguing that their real estate is worth less than the assessor thinks it is.Not too long ago, property owners here used to simply ponder how to spend the windfall from selling their property in an ever-rising market.There are 15,818 parcels of property in Pitkin County. After estimating their market value, the county assessor sent out his numbers. In return, he got 4,597 valuation protests, 35% of the total properties.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, July 14, 2009, Aspen Daily News

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