County assessor runs for her second term

Mesa County Assessor Barbara Brewer will seek a second term, hoping to guide the office through difficult economic times, she said.

Brewer announced Friday her bid for a second term before about 160 Mesa County Republicans at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The next assessment cycle “will be one of the most daunting for the assessor’s office since the 1980s,” Brewer said.

The notices that recently were sent out reflected valuations at the height of the regional economic boom, but the notices went out as energy firms were scaling back.

The notices sent out this spring were the first in two decades in which valuations were more than market values, but Mesa County’s protest rate of 7 percent was less than the rest of the state, Brewer said.

“We have very educated taxpayers,” Brewer said.

She replaced the antiquated computer system for the assessor’s office during her first term and said new services are on the way for taxpayers and real estate and related industries.

Brewer worked for the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office before she was elected assessor in 2006.

As assessor, she said, she enjoys working with taxpayers, “even when you disagree with me about valuations.”


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