Laura Forbes, Republican candidate for Elbert County assessor

Posted 6/7/18

City or town of residence: Elizabeth, 34 years Profession: Thirty years in property tax administration and appraisal instruction. Related elected-office or public-service experience: I started my …

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Laura Forbes, Republican candidate for Elbert County assessor

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City or town of residence: Elizabeth, 34 years

Profession: Thirty years in property tax administration and appraisal instruction.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: I started my career in the Elbert County Assessor's Office in 1985, then had an opportunity to take a position with the State of Colorado, Division of Property Taxation. I worked at the division for 12 years teaching courses and workshops to county assessors and their staff as well as reviewing and updating policy and procedures manuals. I ran for Elbert County assessor in 1998 and won and took office in 1999 where I served two successful terms. After working a couple of years in private industry, I found my way back at the Division of Property Taxation, where I currently teach courses, track annual legislation changes, update manuals with statutory and case law changes, and assist assessors with technical problems and answer taxpayer questions from around the state.

Why are you seeking this office?

Several people have asked that, followed by: “Are you crazy?” I enjoy working with people. County government takes a team effort to make everything work well. Helping property owners as well as local officials understand the process is the best part of the job.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I have a blend of practical experience from working in Elbert County as well as knowing the statutory directions, and policy and procedures manuals as published by the Division of Property Taxation that are required to be used by all assessors in the state. I have taken and taught appraisal classes totaling 1,158 hours. I have many additional hours teaching administrative assessment courses and workshops. In my current position with DPT, I am required to track current property tax legislation, current case law and update policy and procedure manuals, and course materials, based on current changes in law.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My first priority would be to make sure the office is on task to send our new Notices of Valuation to all property owners on May 1. The notices need to be accurate (since this could be another big jump in values) and within State Board of Equalization compliance standards. The second priority would be to talk to commissioners about the advantages of a software program such as Pictometry that could be used to identify property missing from the tax roll, or help other organizations with items such as accurate fire hydrant locations.

What else should the voters know about you?

I always provide: customer service with the highest level of courtesy and respect; fair and equitable values for every property; accurate reports to taxing authorities. I will bring my 30 years of experience and knowledge back to Elbert County to work for you.

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