All property owners in Doña Ana County should soon begin looking for their official notices of valuation from the Doña Ana County Assessor's Office. The notices will be mailed March 1, 2004, well in advance of the April 1 state deadline.
County Assessor Gary Perez said he strives to mail the valuation notices early each year as an added service to the public.
Properties most likely to see changes in valuations include: 1) Residential properties which have sold in the prior tax year; 2) Properties of any kind to which any additions, renovations or demolitions have been performed; and 3) Any property upon which new construction has occurred.
Because a protest period begins immediately after the valuation notices are sent out, it is important for property owners to take steps to make sure they receive their notifications in a timely manner. Property owners have 30 days from the date of the official mailing to protest the assigned value of their property(s). Further, submitting timely address corrections protects the property owner, because failure to receive the notice does not invalidate the value set on the property, any property tax based on the assessed value or any subsequent procedure instituted for the collection of taxes deemed owed.
Each time valuation notices are mailed, scores of them are returned to the Assessorís Office, because the property owner has moved and has not properly notified the Assessorís Office of the new address. The county cannot process changes of address unless they are submitted in writing.
To submit an official change of address to the Assessorís Office, mail a change of address form from the U.S. Post Office (or a letter showing the old mailing address and the new mailing address) to the Doña Ana County Assessor, 251 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, N.M., 88005. Address change information also may be submitted by fax to (505) 647-7418. Faxed forms must include a telephone number for verification purposes. Please be sure to include property identification codes whenever possible.
The Assessorís Office also is accepting applications for Family Exemptions and Veteranís Exemptions and people who need to report or render manufactured homes.
For more information, call the Assessorís Office at (505) 647-7400. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7400. Residents with Internet access may also view the County Assessorís website at http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/assr/ for more information.