Friday, May 1, 2020

Palisade Plunge Trail Brief

A view from the Palisade Plunge Trail facing west into the Grand Valley.
The Palisade Plunge Trail crew has chiseled away at several layers of bedrock. Since last week, about 350 feet of new trail has been roughed in while crew members primarily dedicate themselves to rock removal. The current end of the trail is at approximately milepost 27.89.

Nearly 2,000 feet of bedrock has been carved to create a rideable trail. In some of the sections, there are two inches of bedrock to be cut out, and other areas require carving through three feet of bedrock.

The crew estimates another 1,000 feet of bedrock sections to hammer through before they focus on proceeding up the trail to the top of the ridge.

This entire section of the Palisade Plunge Trail was cut through bedrock.
The crew has also focused on building a path through a notch on the cliff band that will allow riders to drop or climb depending on direction.

To date, 12.90 miles of trail have been completed. Leaving 4.17 miles to go before the completion of Phase 1 of the Palisade Plunge Trail.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Finishing Touches on Orchard Avenue Underway

The reconstruction of Orchard Avenue from Normandy Drive to 29 Road is near completion. Crews are currently finishing up fencing, landscaping, and sod. Next week, several Mesa County departments will do a final walkthrough to approve the final phase of the project.
This project improved pedestrian routes near Nisley Elementary as well as the reconstruction of the roadway. Improvements also included widening the road to three lanes, adding bike lanes, adding gutters, sidewalks, storm sewers, and streetlights through the entire stretch, on both the north and south sides of Orchard Avenue.

Orchard Avenue is a vital link to Nisley Elementary, and it now accommodates a wide range of vehicles and non-motorized users. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists can now travel safely.

This $2.1 million project was split between the City and County.

Crews pave Orchard Avenue.

Orchard Avenue is newly paved and is now open to traffic.

A new crosswalk island was added at the intersection of Orchard Avenue and Ashley Lane.

This week, crews are working on finishing up the landscaping on Orchard Avenue.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Treasurer Gradually Opens Office for In-person Services

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (right) and Technician Lead Christine Horner (center) assist a taxpayer on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner has opened her office's doors to the public this week in time for the property tax deadline, which is April 30.

Property taxes are usually due in full on or before April 30, 2020. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, taxpayers have the ability to pay 1/2 now without penalty and 1/2 on or before June 15.

Payments are encouraged to be made online or by mail, if possible, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering over the nose and mouth when entering public places and practice physical distancing (keep at least six feet away from others).

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A sign at the Mesa County Treasurer's Office reminds visitors to keep at least six feet away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, Treasurer Reiner is operating services on a rotation schedule with three staff members in the office and four working remotely. 

For questions or inquiries, please call the Treasurer's Office at 970-244-1824.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

County Comments on the Yellow-billed Cuckoo

On Monday, April 27, 2020, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding Mesa County’s comments on the proposed Revised Designation of Critical Habitat for the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBC).

The Western Distinct Population of the YBC was added to the Threatened Species List in 2014. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now proposes to revise the critical habitat designation under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposal includes 4,003 acres in Mesa County, of which approximately 146 acres are federally owned, 1,039 acres are state owned, and approximately 2,818 acres are owned by local governments or private entities. This means federal ownership of the proposed YBC’s critical habitat in Mesa County is 3.6%.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Assessor's Office to hear property tax value protests in May

Property Assessment in the time of COVID-19

Each May, property owners have the opportunity to protest or appeal the value on which their property tax will be based for the upcoming year. Most real property protests are due no later than June 1, 2020, for this year's taxes.

Some categories of self-reported property deadlines have been extended, for details visit the Mesa County Assessor's Office website.

To calculate property tax due in 2021, property is assessed at the hypothetical value of the property, as it existed on January 1, 2020, for what that property would have sold for on June 30, 2018.

To the maximum extent possible, the Mesa County Assessor's Office will process claims remotely, using procedures to provide safety to the public and staff. Protests are being accepted now by email, mail, phone, fax, or drop off, a drop box is located outside the Assessor's Office, 544 Rood Ave.  Additionally, interviews may be conducted by email, phone, or video chat.

Because property is appraised on a biennial cycle, unless there have been significant changes to the property since 2019, the values for 2020 will be the same as they were last year. However, tax may be different due to a mill levy change. The value would be the same. 

The Assessor's responsibility is to recognize property value. Property tax is the product of the actual value, the assessment rate, and the mill levy. Assessment rates are set in the constitution and statutes, with the residential assessment rate to be determined each cycle by the legislature. Mill levies are set by the various districts, such as the school district, fire district, library district, etc.

In regards to the 2021 reassessment, it will be the value used to determine property tax for the tax year 2021, due in 2022. The Assessor's Office is required to determine values as of June 30, 2020, for these calculations. We are in touch with state officials on how our procedures might be modified to ensure an accurate and fair assessment in the time of COVID-19.

Contact us at the Mesa County Assessor's Office if you think your property value is wrong.

Phone: (970) 244-1610
Mail: Mesa County Assessor's Office
P.O. Box 20,000-5003
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5000

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