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The Disabled Veteran Exemption is available to applicants who sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, were honorably discharged, and were rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as one hundred percent “permanent and total” disabled, and have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application. Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.
You can apply for the Disabled Veteran Exemption in person or by mail. Apply in person at the Assessor’s Office or mail your completed Disabled Veteran Exemption form to: Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Division of Veterans Affairs 1355 S. Colorado Blvd, Building C, Suite 113 Denver, Colorado 80222.
Surviving spouses of previously qualified veterans may also apply for exemption by completing the Disabled Veteran Spouse Form and mailing it to the above Denver address.
The taxable value (assessed value) of your property is a percentage of its actual value. For residential improved property (residential property with a livable improvement on it) that percentage is 7.2% (or .072). For all other real and personal property, the percentage is 29% (or .29). The State Legislature is responsible for setting these percentages and does so each reappraisal or odd-numbered year; i.e., 2011, 2013, 2015. Follow these simple steps to compute your taxes: 1. Actual Value X Assessment Percentage = Assessed Value 2. Assessed Value X Mill Levy = Estimated Taxes For Instance: The Actual Value of your improved residential property is: $ 400,000 The residential assessment percentage is x .072 So, your Assessed Value is: $ 28,800 The Mill Levy of your Tax Area is: x .035541 So, your estimated taxes are: $ 1,024.00
You can find you tax area by finding the approximate location of your property on the
You find your current Mill Levy by looking at right hand side of the current
Questions regarding your taxes can be answered by the San Miguel County Treasurer’s Office. Their number is: 970-728-4451.
Tax bills are sent out no later than the last business day of January of each year. For questions concerning your taxes, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 970-728-4451.
Full payment of taxes can be made on April 30, 2019 or half payments can be made on February 28, 2019 and June 15, 2019. For questions concerning your taxes, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 970-728-4451.
All persons possessing or controlling personal property with a total actual value greater than $7,700 (per owner, per county) on January 1, 2019 are required to report their personal property to the Assessor by April 15, 2019. Personal Property Declaration Schedules were mailed to every person, business, or company known to own, possess or control taxable personal property in the county on January 29th, 2019.
The value of your personal property is based on information submitted by you on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule, which was sent to you on January 29, 2019. You must return (file) your Personal Property Declaration Schedule by no later than April 15th or each year. The information you provide on your Personal Property Declaration Schedule includes the original cost or the item and the year the item was put in service. A depreciation schedule is used to adjust the value of the item according to type and industrial life span of the personal property. If you fail to return your Personal Property Declaration Schedule, the value of your personal property will be determined using “the best information available.”
If the value of your personal property as reported in your Personal Property Declaration Schedule is less than $7,700 (the Exemption Level), then a Notice of Valuation will not be sent and you will not be taxed for your personal property.
Owners of taxable personal property may challenge the County Assessor’s valuation of their property between June 15 of 2019 and June 30, 2019. A Personal Property Protest Form is attached to the taxpayer’s Personal Property Notice of Valuation. Taxpayers who disagree with their personal property valuations may object by U.S. Mail, by FAX, in person. If the taxpayer wishes to protest by mail, the protest must be mailed to the San Miguel County Assessor, P. O. Box 506, Telluride, Colorado, and postdated no later than June 30, 2019. If the taxpayer wishes to protest by FAX, the protest must be FAXED to 970-369-1007 by no later than 5:00 PM Mountain DST on June 30, 2019. If the taxpayer prefers to protest in person, the protest must be delivered to the offices of the County Assessor, 333 Colorado Avenue, Second Floor, Telluride, Colorado, by no later than 5:00 PM Mountain DST on June 30, 2019.
A Personal Property Protest Form is included in your Personal Property Notice of Valuation, or you can download a copy of the Personal Property Protest Form online.
The Assessor must make a decision on your protest and mail you a Notice of Determination by July 10, 2019. If you are satisfied with the Assessor’s determination, the tax bill you receive the next January will be based on the value and classification reflected on the Notice of Determination.
If you are not satisfied with the Assessor’s determination, or if you do not receive a Notice of Determination from the Assessor, you must file a written appeal with the County Board of Equalization (P. O. Box 1170, Telluride, Colorado 81435) on or before July 15, 2019. The County Board of Equalization will notify you by mail of the hearing date, time and place where you may present evidence to substantiate your case. Note: To preserve your appeal rights, you may be required to prove you have filed a timely appeal; therefore, we recommend all correspondence be mailed with proof of mailing.
The County Board of Equalization will conclude hearings and render decisions by the close of business on August 5th, 2019. The County Board must mail you a decision within five business days of the date of its decision. If you are satisfied with the County Board’s decision, the tax bill you receive next January will be based on the valuation and classification reflected in the County Board’s decision.
For tax years 2019 and 2020, Colorado County Assessors are required by law to reappraise all real property to reflect a June 30, 2018 level of value. That level of value represents a ‘snapshot’ of property values during an 18 month period from January 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
By May 1, 2019, the County Assessor will mail a Notice of Valuation to all property owners. In intervening years, that valuation appears on the Tax Bill sent to you by the Treasurer's Office.
Your Notice of Valuation is a document you receive in May of every odd year (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, etc) giving you the current value and classification of your real property as determined during the Valuation Period. The Notice of Valuation also indicates the valuation and classification of your property during the last valuation period.
The current Valuation Period is January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
From May 1, 2019, through June 3, 2019, owners of real property may protest the value or the classification established by the assessor. This protest period provides an opportunity for taxpayers to inform the assessor of errors in classification, property description, or other discrepancies that may result in a reduction in value or a change in classification.
If you choose to mail a written protest, you may complete the protest form, and mail it to the Assessor at PO Box 506, Telluride, CO, 81435 or FAX it to 970-369-1007. To preserve your right to protest, your mailed real property protest must be postmarked no later than June 3. Faxes must be delivered by 5:00 PM Mountain DST, June 3, and must be verified as received.
If you choose to present oral or written objections to the Assessor in person, you may elect to complete a protest form and deliver it to the Assessor at 333 W Colorado Ave, 2nd Floor, Telluride, CO. For your convenience, you may make an appointment to speak to an appraiser; however, please call ahead for an appointment at 970-728-3174. To preserve your right to protest, you must appear in the County Assessor’s Office on or before June 3. Please note - after June 3, your right to protest is lost.
If you are not satisfied with the Assessor’s determination, or if you do not receive a Notice of Determination from the Assessor, you must file a written appeal with the County Board of Equalization (P. O. Box 1170, Telluride, Colorado 81435) on or before July 15. The County Board of Equalization will notify you by mail of the hearing date, time and place where you may present evidence to substantiate your case. Note: To preserve your appeal rights, you may be required to prove you have filed a timely appeal; therefore, we recommend all correspondence be mailed with proof of mailing.
Evidence includes documentation such as the sales prices of properties similar to yours that sold during the Valuation Period; or between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Abatement petitions may be filed within two years of the date the taxes were levied (January 1st of each year), provided that:
1. The property valuation was not appealed previously for that specific tax year and an Assessor’s Notice of Determination issued; or 2. If it was appealed, the abatement petition is not based on overvaluation by the Assessor’s Office; and 3. The person filing for abatement was the owner of record during that year.
Note: The abatement process is independent of all other forms of appeal and is reviewed on the merits of information provided with the filing of the abatement petition. The taxpayer is to attach any supporting documentation to the abatement petition
The taxpayer has until the first working day of January following the two-year deadline to petition for abatement. For example, a taxpayer has until the first working day in January of 2019 to file an abatement petition for assessment tax year 2016.
If the Assessor’s recommendation is accepted by the taxpayer, and if the amount to be refunded is less than $10,000, then the abatement is sent to the Treasurer’s Office for the refund to be processed.
If the Assessor’s recommendation is accepted by the taxpayer and if the amount to be refunded is more than $10,000, then the abatement must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners and it must also be approved by the Colorado Property Tax Administrator.
The Senior Citizen Property Tax Exemption is available to applicants who are at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application, who have owned their home for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1, of the year of application, and have occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years as of January 1 of the year of application. The Senior Citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1 after 2001. Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application.
You can apply for the Senior Exemption in person or by mail. Apply in person at the Assessor’s Office by filling out and filing a Senior Exemption Form. You can also apply by mail. Simply print out and complete the form and return it to the Assessor’s Office at P. O. Box 506, Telluride, Colorado 81435.
San Miguel County does allow senior citizens and disabled citizens to work a maximum of 100 hours per year for the county in order to offset what they owe in property taxes. Please call the Chief Deputy Clerk to the BOCC at 970-728-3844 for details. The Application for Employment can be found here, along with County Resolution 2009-34.
You must be a citizen of the United States, and consider San Miguel County to be your Sole Legal Place of Residence. For more info on eligibility visit Go Vote Colorado.
You may register to vote, make changes in your name or address, or provide any additional information at any of the Clerk and Recorder offices, at any town / city hall or driver's license office in the State of Colorado, or online.
You may register to vote in person up until election day. For other methods, please see the voter registration FAQs on Go Vote Colorado's website.
Beginning with the 2018 Primary Election, unaffiliated voters may vote in the primaries but they must select either a Democratic or a Republican ballot. Voters may do so by visiting Go Vote Colorado.
You may check your registration status at Go Vote Colorado's website or call the San Miguel County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 970-728-3954.
View forms and instructions for the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
There is no fee to register to vote. Should you wish to purchase certified documents reflecting voter registration, those may be purchased for $1.25 each.
Yes, you must present an ID when you come in to vote. The address on the ID must be from the state of Colorado. Learn more about accepted forms of identification on our Elections page.
No, you may not bring any books or other reading materials with you. The only books that are allowed into the facility must come directly from the publisher and be addressed to the inmate. Inmates serving extended sentences must make arrangements for these to be picked up at the time of release; however, staff may require excess materials be picked up prior to release. Inmates may donate these materials to the SMC Jail library.
Yes, you may; however, the same rules apply as if you were mailing the letter. You must have all correspondence in an envelope, along with your return address and addressed as follows:
Inmate's Name SMC Jail
684 CR, 63L Road
Telluride, CO 81435
There are two ways to bond a person out of jail:
1. If you have cash in the amount of the bond, you can bring it to the Sheriff's Office and post the bond yourself. You will be required to provide picture identification. A deputy will assist you in filling out the bond forms. Your money will not be returned until after the person bonded appears in court, and the judge releases the bond. When the bond is released, a check will be mailed to you from the court.
2. You can contact a bondsman licensed in Colorado and they can post the bond. A bondsman will charge a percentage of the bond (generally 15%) and require some type of collateral. You must contact the bondsman directly for their rates and requirements.
All persons sentenced to the San Miguel County Jail are responsible for the following prior to or at the time of arrival: 1) Bring a $30.00 booking fee (to be paid in cash at the time of reporting); 2) There is no parking at the jail; 3) Bring a picture ID as it is required; 4) Note that all medications must be pre-approved through the jail medical services (call jail for information). No medications will be permitted without approval of jail medical services; 5) DO NOT report to jail under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including marijuana); 6) All persons sentenced to the jail are required to work under statutory requirement; 7) DO NOT bring valuables other than cash for the purchase of commissary items, phone cards and/or booking fee; 8) Note that Commissary is once per week (Monday); 9) Visitation is once per week (Sunday), 2 pm to 5 pm. Picture ID is required.; 10) Phone cards must be purchased for phone use unless the phone being called can receive collect calls; 11) DO NOT bring books, magazines and/or newspapers to the jail. San Miguel County Jail has a publisher-only rule; 12) White undergarments may be brought to the jail. These items will be washed prior to usage. Women may bring in bras without a wire underwire; 13) Persons sentenced longer than two (2) weeks will be required to purchase personal hygiene items. Hygiene items are not allowed to be brought into the facility; 14) Bring all appropriate court paperwork with you. If you have further questions, call the Jail directly at 970-728-1911 (Option 2)
Please visit the San Miguel Basin Fair and Rodeo page for information, schedules, etc.
Please send us your comments concerning an upcoming land use application or agenda item and we will include them in packet material for the Planning Commission members. The comment form can be completed and sent electronically.
Please send us your comments concerning an upcoming application or agenda item and we will include them in packet material for the Board of County Commissioners. The comment form can be completed a returned electronically.
We work for the veteran and his or her family, not the VA.
The San Miguel County Veterans Services Office was established by state law to advise and assist veterans, their dependents, and their survivors concerning any VA benefits which such person may be, or may have been, entitled to receive under the laws of the United States or the State of Colorado. The office is not a part of the Department of Veteran Affairs, which is a Federal government agency but serves as a liaison between the claimant and the VA.
Every veteran’s situation and service is unique which is why we strongly encourage the veteran and/or dependent to contact our office so we can answer your eligibility questions based on your military service and situation. Some examples of benefits we can help you with are:
In most cases, you are entitled to most VA benefits as long as your discharge was other than a "Dishonorable Discharge".
The Vet Center provides readjustment counseling services to eligible combat veterans and their family members at no cost. Some of the services provided include individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, and assistance applying for VA Benefits, among others.
Grand Junction Vet Center
2472 Patterson Road, Unit 16Grand Junction, CO 81505
Distance from Placerville: 112 miles
Main Number: 970-245-4156
Farmington Vet Center
4251 East Main Street, Suite AFarmington, NM 87402
Distance from Placerville: 157 miles
Main Number: 505-327-9684
The nearest VA Medical Clinic is in Montrose:
Montrose VA Clinic
Facility type: VA Health
154 Colorado Avenue, Suite 100Montrose, CO 81401-3651
Main Number: 970-249-7791
Services listed: primary care, audiology; other services may be available
VA Medical Centers can provide medical, mental health and other services to enrolled Veterans. To enroll for health care services, a Veteran needs to complete a VA Form 10-10EZ and take a copy of their DD214 discharge paper, copies of any insurance the veteran has and verification of last year’s income to the enrollment office located in the Medical Center.
Grand Junction VA Medical Center (VAMC)
2121 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Distance from Placerville: 111 miles
Main Number: 970-242-0731
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center (VAMC)
1700 North Wheeling Street
Aurora, CO 80045
Main Number: 303-399-8020 | 888-336-8262
If you are thinking about suicide: 800-273-8255
Get help for PTSD: call 800-273-8255
Get help for domestic violence: 800-799-7233
Get help for sexual assault: 800-656-4673
If you are a wounded, ill or injured Warrior: 800-342-9647
If you have any questions about Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury: 866-966-1020
If you are a caregiver – Caregivers Resource Directory (2018 edition)
Search the Tri-Care Provider Directory.
Copies of Discharge Documents, Service Medical Records, Official Military Personnel File, and replacement medals can be requested through the National Archives. You may request them on your own or you can contact our office and we will assist you with your request. The Veterans Service Office can send a request to the Military Archives Center in St. Louis, MO for a certified copy of your military records. Replacement records can take a lengthy amount of time to obtain. In some cases, the records are not available at the Records Center and must be constructed from military units, facilities, etc.
You can update an address or telephone number with the VA in several ways:
To change your direct deposit information with the VA, you can:
Disability Compensation is a monthly payment made to a veteran who has a disability for a disease or injury that was incurred or aggravated by service in the armed forces. Payments are based on the degree of disability. VA pays additional allowances for your dependents if your disabilities are evaluated as 30 percent or more disabling. A special monthly compensation rate may be authorized for veterans whose service-connected disabilities are very severe and meet certain statutory requirements. Service connection for a disability may be granted based on the following conditions:
Important Note: When a service connection for a disability or disease has been established and the condition worsens, a claim for an increase of the rating should be filed.
Total disability will be found to exist when there is an impairment of mind or body which is certain to continue throughout the life of the disabled veteran and renders it impossible for the average person to follow a substantially gainful occupation. A single or combined disability that is ratable at 100%.
Note: There are specific benefits that apply when a rating is classified as total and permanent.
Individual unemployability may be applied for when there is an exceptional disability factor that substantially interferes with the veteran’s ability to sustain gainful employment. A veteran must meet one of the following criteria:
Temporary 100% Rating for Convalescence
Hospitalization – A total 100% temporary disability rating will be assigned, without regard to the rating schedule, when a service-connected disability has required hospitalization treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, for a period in excess of 21 days.
Surgery – A total 100% temporary disability rating may be assigned when your service-connected disability resulted in surgery, post-hospital convalescence, immobilization with a cast, or surgery of a major joint. When the requirements are met, the rating will be effective from the first day of hospitalization and will continue for a period of 1, 2, or 3 months. Extensions may be authorized under certain circumstances.
Special Monthly Compensation Awards include:
Loss of Use:
A special monthly compensation is payable in addition to the basic rate of compensation for the anatomical loss OR loss of use of body members or function, due to a service-connected disability. Examples include: hand, foot, eyes, paired organs or extremities, creative organs, buttocks, kidneys, loss of speech (aphonia), and deafness.
Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid to a claimant who is substantially confined to his or her home because of permanent disability. Additionally, if you are a Veteran, you may qualify for the increased housebound amount if:
You may not receive enhanced or special monthly pension without first establishing eligibility for VA pension. However, because enhanced pension is based upon a higher income limit, a claimant may be ineligible for basic pension due to excessive income but may be eligible for increased pension benefits. You may not receive pension at the A&A and Housebound rate at the same time.
Aid and Attendance:
Aid and attendance will be considered when the veteran is so nearly helpless that they are unable to care for themselves and cannot perform basic tasks such as dressing, undressing, keeping clean, feeding, attending to the wants of nature, frequent adjustments of special prosthetic or orthopedic appliances, or to protect them from the hazards and dangers incident to daily living. Conditions requiring this care must be service connected.
When a veteran is in need of a higher level of care (hospitalization, nursing home, or institutional care) because of his service-connected disabilities, a higher level of monthly aid and attendance allowance may be granted.
The VA helps veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.
Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions) with at least one day during a wartime period.
In addition to meeting minimum service requirements, the veteran must be:
Additional Pension Allowances:
Veterans or surviving spouses who are eligible for VA pension and are housebound or require the aid and attendance of another person may be eligible for an additional monetary payment.
Eligible Wartime Periods
Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:
You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill program. For most participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the best option. Other students would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill. Different programs offer different benefits, so it’s important to choose the program that will best meet your needs.
You can use the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) GI BILL COMPARISON CHART to get detailed information on eligibility requirements and compare the education benefits available through the following programs:
You can compare benefits by schools using the VA Online Comparison Tool.
You can find information on two additional programs at the links below:
The VA directory of Colorado's national and state veteran's cemeteries can be found online. The Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction is the closest to San Miguel County.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains three cemeteries in Colorado:
Fort Logan National Cemetery
4400 W. Kenyon Ave.
Denver, CO 80236
Burial Space: Open
Fort Lyon National Cemetery
15700 County Road HH
Las Animas, CO 81054
Pikes Peak National Cemetery
10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Burial Space: Closed
The State of Colorado maintains two veterans cemeteries:
Veterans Memorial Cemetery Of Western Colorado
2830 Riverside Parkway
Contact: Joana Iglesias, Cemetery Director
Colorado State Veterans Center At Homelake
3749 Sherman Ave.
Monte Vista, CO 81144
P.O. Box 97
Homelake, CO 81135
Contact: Tyler Chacon, Director
Colorado's Veterans Community Living Centers serve honorably discharged veterans, veterans’ spouses/widows and Gold Star parents of children who died while serving in the armed forces. Services provided include long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, memory care, short-term “respite” care, and hospice services.
State Voc-Rehab is an educational or trade training program available to qualified disabled persons. The veteran must meet certain eligibility criteria for enrollment.
State of Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
504 N 1st StreetMontrose, Colorado 81401
Phone Number: 970-249-4468
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)
If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program—also referred to as Chapter 31—can help. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply for VR&E benefits and services, like help exploring employment options and any required training needs. In some cases, your family members may also be eligible for certain VR&E benefits.
Veterans Administration (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) eligibility and entitlement information can be found on their website.
Grand Junction VA Medical Center Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
2121 North Ave.Grand Junction, CO 81501
Main Number: 970-242-0731
Mental Health: 970-263-2824
You can use the Tax Search & Payment button on any page to access the site where you find your tax account and submit a payment.