Summit County Government named best in U.S. for tax education |

Summit County Government named best in U.S. for tax education


SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government has earned national recognition for a tax education program.

The program teaches leaders from local towns, counties, water, sewer, recreation, metropolitan and fire districts how to submit accurate property tax levy and revenue forms, and has earned Summit County an achievement award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The innovative inter-governmental seminar also took the “Best of Category” rating, which ranked the education effort tops in the nation in the county administration and management category.

The Board of County Commissioners Monday recognized award recipients treasurer Larry Gilliland, assessor Denise Steiskal, and assistant county attorney Daniel Teodoru, for their National Achievement Award. Gilliland, Steiskal and Teodoru won for partnering with the Colorado Division of Local Government and the Division of Local Taxation to form the Summit County Property Tax Force. Their goal was to educate local government agencies about the complicated requirements of statutes and the strict deadlines involved in the annual process of setting property tax levies.

The tax force hosted a seminar in September to explain statutory requirements, outline key dates and calendar deadlines in the complex assessment and tax levy process for local government entities.

After the Summit County Property Tax Force seminar, the number of county government entities submitting correct levies and revenue forms jumped from 50 percent in the 2000 property tax year to nearly 95 percent in 2001, said Gilliland.

The 32-year-old NACo Achievement Awards series recognizes county governments across the country for innovative programs and policies.

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