This is an interesting article from the Denver Post about the pervasive agricultural property tax classification and treatment of lands in the state of Colorado that have questionable agricultural enterprise value.
Once an agricultural classification is granted, itâ€™s difficult to take away. Property owners donâ€™t have to submit tax documents to show there is an agricultural enterprise, so the burden is on assessors to monitor the land use.
Here in Custer County, Colorado, there are a multitude of landowners within the 35 acre rural subdivisions who do not participate in subdivision agricultural activities by fencing livestock under subdivision cattle grazing leases from their properties.
Should the assessor continue business-as-usual by continuing ag status for these landowners who really have no agricultural enterprise on their land, or should present land use be more closely monitored by the assessor using criteria to determine the applicability of ag property tax status?
New Years Day I always watch the Rose Parade. The theme this year was â€œBuilding Dreams, Friendships and Memoriesâ€. As I watched and gazed out the window at the bright blue sky and beautiful mountains, I thought, that is why people want to come to Westcliffe. They want to do just that in Westcliffe. Westcliffe is a special place with lots to offer. You canâ€™t â€œknow itâ€ in a visit or two. So use this time to learn more about The Wet Mountain Valley. Then when the time is right for you, you can make a choice that will last a life time and you can build dreams, friendships and memories. Watson Land Company is here to help.
Less is more. Across the nation we are seeing a preference for smaller homes especially in secondary home and resort market. Appraisers point out that the market discounts are higher for large homes as people look to simplify and reduce fixed costs.
In the ranch space people are saying, I hear it all the time, â€œI donâ€™t really need a big place and a huge ranch or acreage if it just has the live water Iâ€™m looking for, adjoins the National Forest and is less than $500,000â€. The answer is usually â€œgood luckâ€ because these gems usually trade hands in the private market.
Watson Landâ€™s new listing; Camp Willow Creek, http://campwillowcreek.watsonland.com/
is one of those rare deals. I know because I was with Watson Land working with the owners, who are from rural Boulder CO, who wanted something special, not run of the mill that had strong water features, access to national forest and wildlands all in 61 acres. This rare bird was a find that never made it to the internet or MLS.
Itâ€™s 61 alpine acres, adjoining the National Forest, with Willow Creek flowing through and a large deep pond. The Bunkhouse is newer, built for Colorado mountain living by Coloradans who wanted a private, small, green, efficient and comfortable hideaway and its $489,000.