In a piece of absolute nonsense, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that while it is safe for property assessors to gage the new value of your property after the High Park fire, it is unsafe for you to go up there as landowners to assess the damage to your property yourself. Does that make a lick of sense to any of you?
What should happen is that homeowners be allowed to access their property and taxes should be waived for those homeowners that have had damage or loss. Everything shouldn't be the almighty dollar, LOL.
Salient quotes from the story (Property assessors begin High Park Fire damage survey: Residents who lost houses still face five months of tax bills):
“Special assessment teams this morning are set to hit the burned ground of the High Park Fire northwest of Fort Collins to begin compiling a comprehensive listing of the hundreds of homes and structures damaged and destroyed by the blaze.
The four teams face an active fire area filled with downed power lines, missing street signs and an utterly changed landscape as they catalog, record and assess the damage. State law requires the county assessor to compile and maintain a list of all property so taxes are collected."
“Miller and Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said it may take assessment teams several weeks, if not months, to complete their work. Schulz said homeowners will be allowed to return to burned areas after teams have assessed the damage. He said residents may be allowed back in waves as the work progresses and likely won’t have to wait until the entire assessment is complete.
“It’s not safe for them to return yet,” Schulz said.” … Yeah, right! Then they wonder why some of us just have a problem with the quick lightning strike determination.