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Valuation of CCA prison property comes in low

WALSENBURG– Commissioner Max Vezzani announced that after a meeting with the state assessor, the board of assessment appeals has set a value of $14,311,392 on the Corrections Corporation of America property, east of Walsenburg. This amount is far lower than the $27 million what the commissioners had valuated the property at, and lower than what they were negotiating for. This will have wide-ranging impacts on tax collecting entities throughout the county, all of whom have already tightened their belts to the pinching point before this announcement. In other news the county received a $60,000 grant from DOLA to implement a hardening of county computer security systems.