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Old 08-29-2018, 07:33 AM
 
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I posted a thread a couple days ago about my husband getting a job offer there, but we can only live in certain zip codes. I noticed for some on the list, the taxes were super low like 600/700 dollars. Then for the Security/Widefield area (zip 80911) the taxes were double that, sometimes more. Then in 80925 they were even higher. This would greatly effect how much our mortgage payment would be.

So, I'm wondering, what is the difference, why are the taxes so much higher? I looked at a few random ones on the property search website to see if I could spot a difference and some of the items I see that are in the 80911/80925 area not in some of the other zip codes is listed as "Security Sanitation", "Security Water". Does this mean the utilities are included in the taxes, like there would not be a separate bill for those. Or is this just an additional fee for living in the area and we'd still have those utility bills?

Thank you!
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:07 AM
 
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What taxes are you talking about? Property tax? Sales tax? Security/Widefield has very low tax, imho. My property tax is only like $600 or $700 annually and our sales tax is just the county tax rate - no city tax. I think we passed some taxes recently to improve our fire district and water possibly but they're still low. My water bill has never been over $45/ month with Security Water - much lower than a lot of other people. Maybe some of those things are paid for in other areas by their higher sales tax or something.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:09 AM
 
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Are there new developments that have extra taxes?
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:14 AM
 
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Sorry, should have said property taxes.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:25 AM
 
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Are there new developments that have extra taxes?
The ones I'm looking at don't seem to be new. I mean some are, but some are high that aren't.


So I'm going to Zillow or Realtor.com and looking at the homes for sale. Then sometimes under property history they will list what the property taxes are and the history of them. I noticed they were higher in that area than other areas. Then a lot of them just weren't even listed on the Zillow/Realtor pages so I used the property search public records info to look them up.

So same home values, similar square footage, etc. I'm seeing $2500 for something I was seeing $600/700 for in another area. I am wondering if the property taxes are just higher there or if something else is included in the tax bill there and that is why it is more?

I thought living out that area we could get more for our money but if the taxes are higher, it kind of wipes that out since 700 vs 2500 is like $50/60 a month vs $200+ a month, that is a big difference.

Maybe I'm looking at it wrong. I would love it if that is the case.
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Old 08-29-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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Taxes in *most* new developments are higher- and for good reason.

Cities have finally realized new developments must "pay their way" and existing residents in other parts of the city should not be responsible for utility costs, infrastructure (roads etc...) costs and other things associated with a new development.

As such, new developments now have SID's (Special Improvement Districts), addl. mill levy fees/taxes and a lot of other fees that are added to the yearly tax bill.

Be smart and get the information BEFORE buying the property.
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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There are some variables to this. Location, special districts, special assessments, development age, fire district, stormwater, etc can all be factors that may influence what total property taxes may be. In many cases these are by developments or districts and that may not necessarily align with any part of the zip code, city, town, or census designated areas.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Some homes may be owned by seniors that are using their senior tax exemption, so maybe that is why some seem unusually low.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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If you are using the tax search below, when you are on a property, click on the blue Display Tax Statement button to see how the taxes are broken down. You could use this to compare some of the ones that seem odd to see if you can shed some light on the differences.

Treasurer's Office, El Paso County, CO
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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If you live in the unincorporated county, taxes will generally be much lower than they are in a home rule municipality. Living in city limits often comes with additional services (city water, sewer, police, fire, plowing) and additional taxes to pay for them.
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