Office of the Assessor
“The office of assessor is one of the most important in the county and, generally speaking, demands a higher class of ability than is required of any of the other county officers. Like the judges of the courts, an assessor is charged with the administration of justice. Fixing values which determine the amount of the taxpayers’ contribution to the support of government is a delicate business, and one that demands most careful discrimination and the keenest appreciation of the rights of individuals.”
First Annual Report of the Colorado Tax Commission
to the Governor, Treasurer, and Legislature
December 14, 1912
From the Candidate
I am Alexis Smith and I am the only candidate that has what it takes to be the next Larimer County Assessor:
As a state licensed appraiser and a member of the Colorado Association of Tax Appraisers, I have a proven background in a wide variety of appraisal specialties. My experience is extensive and includes 20+ years in both the private and public sectors, including more than 17 years in the Larimer County Assessor’s Office. The County Assessor is a technical position that requires experience, education, and expertise to manage the assessment process throughout the year and meet all statutorily mandated reporting deadlines.
I am currently the Chief Deputy Assessor in Larimer County and am highly qualified to step into the role of Assessor. Over the past 17 years in the Assessor’s Office I have had the opportunity to work with property owners and taxing authorities, as well as all the permitting authorities in Larimer County and the Division of Property Taxation in Colorado. This experience has given me the required understanding of an Assessor’s role and responsibilities.
Valuation for tax purposes – often referred to as ad valorem - can be a complex and sometimes confusing issue. Please contact me if I can answer any questions related to the work of the Assessor’s Office. I would also be glad to meet with you to discuss current real estate trends and the potential impact on property taxes. I look forward to hearing from you and would be honored to have your support as Larimer County Assessor.
My vision for the Assessor’s Office is to focus on customer service and access. This office works with a lot of information and I realize that the more the public has convenient access to that information the better informed they will be on what our office does and how we do it. The property owners of Larimer County deserve an Assessor who fully understands the position and the laws that drive the assessment process. With more than 17 years of experience in real estate appraisal, and over 20 years in the real estate industry, I bring the knowledge and experience needed in this vital county office. I understand the vital role of the office in state statute, and that this office is a position of public trust.
I am running for Assessor of Larimer County Colorado. Property values - and therefore property taxes - have increased over the last several years. The person responsible for valuing YOUR property should be a licensed real estate appraiser with an in depth understanding of Colorado Property Tax Laws. I am a Colorado Certified General Appraiser, and I am the ONLY candidate with the professional background and experience necessary for the Assessor position. Voters should not trust their property values to anyone else but the most experienced professional. I have a wealth of experience in real estate appraisal, and recognize that the property owners often have a different view of the value of their property. Even when the value is statistically correct, owners should not be discouraged from asking questions and being able to verify that value for themselves.
I appreciate your visit to my website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and I would very much appreciate your vote in the 2018 election.
More about Alexis Smith
Alexis is currently your Chief Deputy Assessor in Larimer County. She was appointed by your current Assessor, Steve Miller in 2010. Prior to that, Alexis worked in the Assessor’s Office as a Senior Appraiser and as an analyst. She manages the strategic operations of the Assessor’s Office, including compliance with state-mandated reporting, process deadlines, annual reports, and the appraisal of real and personal property, among other duties. Alexis works with a great staff to discover, list, classify, and value all real and taxable personal property in Larimer County. This includes more than 150,000 residential and highly complex commercial properties, vacant land, agricultural properties and business personal property.
Alexis has over 20 years of real estate experience and technical expertise, including a background in both the private sector and local government. Prior to joining Larimer County, Alexis worked with a commercial real estate management company in the Cherry Creek area. Soon after moving from Arvada to Loveland, Alexis went to work for a real estate developer active with expertise in water rights acquisition and transfer. While there, she worked with many in our agriculture community and became a licensed real estate broker associate. In 2001 she came to work for the Assessor’s office. She has worked on multiple specialties in the office including conservation easements, vacant land valuation, geographical and statistical analysis, damage assessment team management and process improvement just to name a few.
Education and Licenses
Alexis is a graduate of Southern Utah University, a licensed Certified General Appraiser since 1991, and was licensed as a Real Estate Broker in 2000. She is a member of the Colorado Association of Tax Appraisers and the International Association of Assessing Officers. Alexis has testified several times as an expert witness in property valuation matters at the Colorado Board of Assessment Appeals.
Outside the Office - who she is when she's not at work
Alexis likes to note that she was “recruited” by a Colorado native while he was stationed as the Army recruiter in Southern Utah. After graduation she followed her heart and moved to Colorado with the soldier that swept her off her feet. Before she knew it she fell in love again, this time with the amazing state of Colorado. Alexis resides in Loveland with her soldier sweetheart – now husband, Robb and their daughter, Rebecca. They have two grown sons that both recently got married and are now living out of state. Alexis is confident that the irresistible call of all that Colorado has to offer will bring them back, hopefully before the addition of grandchildren.
Alexis is a former president and current secretary/treasurer of a local American Legion Auxiliary unit and actively supports her husband, Robb Smith, who was recently sworn in as the State of Colorado Department Commander of the American Legion. As the daughter of a World War II veteran and the wife of a combat veteran, she truly appreciates the plight of our veterans and the families that support them.
Alexis is a breast cancer survivor and has resolved to show her daughter and young ladies like her that facing adversity head-on makes us strong but recognizing we don’t have to do it alone makes us invincible. Her message is simple and applies to all; but especially young women: Be kind to one another; support each other. “I couldn’t have made it through any of this without the love and support from all the sisters I never knew I had.”
Alexis also contributes much of her strength to her faith in God, especially during her cancer treatments. Alexis enjoys teaching her regular Sunday School class and escaping to the mountains whenever she can. Her family includes two rescue dogs that never allow her to sleep in. She also likes to consider herself a “rescuer” of abandoned children’s books. She relishes finding just the right few to share with friends, family, and coworkers that have young children.