U.S. Rep Jared Polis rose to infamy in Colorado’s fracking debate when he created a mini-documentary in which he bemoaned fracking near his vacation home in Weld County. During the video at about 2:24, Polis points to a building and says “this is my detached garage and guest house.” However, the property record from Weld County for that address indicates there are three “sheds” on the property, and no living units.
And, in fact, the photo of the sheds, as provided by the county, is the same as the guest house that Polis identifies in the video, as far as we can tell. See this photo below – the photo taken from the car is what Polis identifies as his detached garage and guest house as well as storage shed. The other photo is a picture of one of Polis’ sheds as registered with the county.
In contrast, Polis’ self-identified residence is marked “residential” (as opposed to shed) as seen below:
Even in an overview of the property, which we marked up for you, PeakNation™ (you’re welcome), we cannot find the guest house to which he refers. Rep. Polis, can you please help us find the guest house that you speak of in this picture?
Does Polis actually have a “guest house” as he indicates in the video? If so, then, is he not paying taxes on it? Either way, is it even a legal dwelling? Or, did he make up the “guest house” to add drama to how close the drilling was to his place?
Look, we’re the last people to want to enforce arbitrary zoning and assessor rules and regulations. It’s Polis’ land. He can have whatever he wants on there. That said, Polis is pushing for specific setbacks from occupied structures, so where his residence is on his land may actually matter. Also, nobody likes a politician who doesn’t follow laws and regulations themselves.
If the county assessor is wrong, now Rep. Polis has the opportunity to straighten out the confusion. We hope that’s the case, and not that he was trying to skirt an assessment that would come with a residential building.