Doña Ana County Assessor set to mail 2014 property valuations
Doña Ana County, NM (KTSM) — Doña Ana County residents should prepare to see their 2014 property-valuations in the mailbox shortly. DAC Assessor Andy Segovia is preparing the statements to be mailed this week.
Approximately 110,000 notices will be mailed to Doña Ana County residents. April 30th is the deadline for residents to file a protest or to claim property tax exemptions such as head-of-family exemptions, veteran's exemptions, developer discounts, claims for property exemption, agriculture land-use applications or valuation freezes. Valuation freezes are only applicable for individuals who are 65 years of age or 100 percent disabled at any age and meet state income requirements.
The DAC Assessor website has added new features this year, according to Segovia. All forms previously available in person are now available online and may be filled out electronically. Many of those forms may also be submitted electronically, including affidavits for transfer of property, applications for agricultural land use, requests for business personal property and/or livestock and the application for property-tax exemption.
Two forms are available online but must be printed and delivered to the Assessor's Office by mail or in person are the mailing address correction form (which requires proof of ownership) and the valuation-freeze application (which requires a current tax return and proof of age or disability).
The protest form and valuation for 2014 will become available online on or around March 21, at which time property owners will have the ability to file protest forms electronically and attach supporting documentation.
Segovia says he will continue to maintain a public-outreach program and host informational community meetings. The first meetings of 2014 have been scheduled at noon and 5:30 p.m. on January 30, February 27, March 27 and April 3 at the Doña Ana County Government Center. "The purpose of these meetings is to educate and assist taxpayers with the assessment and protest process." said Segovia.
All 2014 taxes will be based on the taxable value of the property, which is one-third of the full assessed value. Assessed value is influenced by the market, renovations or building additions and, in the case of most residences, a state law caps the valuation increase of these homes at 3 percent per year.
To access online features, log on to www.donaanacounty.org/assessor. For more information, call (575) 647-7400.