Scot Kersgaard for County Assessor 2022-03-28T18:30:52+00:00

 

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Hi. I’m Scot Kersgaard, your Jefferson County Assessor.

It has been an honor to serve as Jefferson County Assessor since January, 2019.

By almost any measure, the office is doing better than when I arrived. The number of people who appeal their valuation has gone from about 5% under the prior administration to around 3% today. This is a clear indication that property owners have more confidence in our work than ever before.

The website, assessor.jeffco.us, was among the worst in the state when I arrived in 2019. Today it is among the best. It is both more functional and more informative.

The office actually spent less in 2021 than it spent in 2018, the year before I began work here. This is in spite of inflation, annual raises to staff, more money spent on staff training and education and increased spending for better technology. Not only that but the office only sends notices of value (NOVs) in odd-numbered years. So, in the 2021 we prepared, printed and mailed more than 225,000 NOVs and still spent less than was spent in 2018, which is an off-year for NOVs.

In the three years I have been here, the office has returned more than $593,000 to the Jefferson County general fund–money we were budgeted for, but did not spend. I believe that the relationship between taxpayer (you and me) and tax spender (government) is almost sacred. People generally don’t mind paying taxes but they want to know the money is being spent carefully and thoughtfully.   

I am running for re-election  to continue my work in the following areas:

  • Fair and accurate assessments
  • Transparency
  • Commitment to the best technology
  • Functionality, usability and usefulness of the Jefferson County Assessor’s website 
  • Annual report to the community
  • Improved staff training and education
  • Conservative budget management

 

 

As Jefferson County Assessor, I ensure that properties are valued fairly and accurately.

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“I’m supporting Scot for County Assessor because his commitment to public service, transparency, communication, and accountability will make him a great assessor for Jefferson County.”

~ Ed Perlmutter

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Who Am I?

  • Jefferson County Assessor since January 2019
  • Jeffco resident and real estate agent since 2004
  • Colorado resident since 1987
  • Consultant to many government agencies and Fortune 500 companies
  • Former co-owner of a profitable newspaper and television station
  • Married to attorney Lois Witte since 1991
  • Parent of two grown children
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Why Me?

  • Long-time real estate agent
  • Manager of public relations for Fortune 400 high-tech firm
  • Deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator
  • Former co-owner of a newspaper and television station
  • Consultant to many government agencies and large businesses
  • Commitment to transparency
  • Fair and accurate assessments
  • Customer-centric
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I am committed to 100% transparency so that county residents can easily learn exactly how assessed values are determined, and exactly where all their tax dollars go.

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My Commitment

Thoughts from Scot

Commitment to Excellence

When I started this campaign late last year, I had a platform: Fair and accurate assessments Great communication with constituents, including a better website, an e-newsletter, an annual report to the community, and frequent public meetings Transparency Great technology, especially consumer-facing technology That platform has not changed even a little, but as I have campaigned—talking to people from one corner of the county to the next, from one buffet breakfast to another, how I think and talk about it has changed somewhat. I have come to see my platform as simply a commitment to excellence fueled by a commitment to [...]

Communication Matters

https://youtu.be/0DCVQWAqDlA   My career has been split between real estate and communications. I love both. As Assessor, I see communication as a very big part of my job.   Currently, far too many Jefferson County taxpayers feel the need to appeal their assessed valuation in any given year. When I talk to assessors around the state, many of them have told me that good communication is one of the keys to reducing appeals.   One assessor told me his office has reduced appeals by about 60% since he took office, and he attributes communication for the reduction. His office [...]

My Experience

In addition to my work in real estate, I have worn many other hats in my life:   Manager of public relations at Intelligent Electronics, a Fortune 400 high-tech company, where I also served as executive editor of numerous high-tech B2B magazines, and led the team that created the company’s e-commerce website, just two years after Amazon launched. Deputy press secretary to then-U.S. Senator Tim Wirth. Reporter, editor, and co-owner of a newspaper, The Wood River Journal in Sun Valley, Idaho. The newspaper was losing money when I joined with two other employees and two outside investors to buy the [...]