County Spotlight The Board of County Commissioners approved a motion to fund the peer driven support services program in an amount up to $300,000. The intent of the peer support driven drop-in centers is to provide a place where the fellow participants support one another and receive services in order to assist each other in maintaining their current level of care in the community.A “Notice of Value” or NOV will be sent out to all property owners starting March 29. The NOV informs the property owner of the assessed value, property description and if any exemptions have been applied for that year. Bernalillo County Commissioners voted to stabilize basic public services and raise the gross receipts tax rate in the city limits from 7.3125 to 7.5 percent. For the unincorporated areas of the county, the gross receipts tax rate will go from 6.25 to 6.4375 percent. The increase equals 18.75 cents per $100 of spending. The move is expected to generate an additional $31 million a year. The Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase of the Alvarado Square office building located Downtown at 415 Silver SW to consolidate county administrative offices and create a one-stop customer service center. The total amount needed to purchase, renovate and equip Alvarado Square is approximately $36.2 million. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved three administrative resolutions related to behavioral health that will help to leverage and expand existing resources within the community.Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins hosted women entrepreneurs and business leaders from seven countries to share best practices and success stories for women-owned businesses.Commission Vice Chair Steven Michael Quezada is scheduled to host a delegation of European local government leaders March 24 at the South Valley Economic Development Center. The group will tour the business incubator and explore BernCo’s successful public-private partnership that has sparked new small businesses in the area.Bernalillo County Open Space is now accepting applications for the Master Naturalist Program. The Bernalillo County Open Space Master Naturalist Program aims to instill the pursuit of lifelong learning and promote environmental stewardship. Participants are actively engaged through education and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources on Open Space properties. The second half of this year’s property tax bill is due on April 10, and county property owners again have many options to pay their taxes, Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy M. Bearce said.BernCo Natural Resource Services Program will host a four-part series of workshops about septic systems. The first workshop on March 31, Unpermitted Septic Systems and Financial Aid for System Replacements, will cover the most frequently asked questions about unpermitted septic systems — who needs an evaluation, what is involved with the evaluation process, what causes septic systems to fail, how to apply for permits, if needed; and financial assistance.Bernalillo County Cultural Services and Bernalillo County Youth Services present “A Map of My Own, Personal Cartographies,” an exhibit featuring artwork by young women in the juvenile detention center and professional women artists mapping places both real and imagined. This collaborative endeavor engages young women from the detention center and women artists in a visual dialogue. Business leaders, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders are invited to a free Breakfast Business Summit April 6 to learn about creating and sustaining a culture of success for organizations large and small. The event is sponsored by Commissioner Lonnie Talbert and coordinated by Bernalillo County’s Economic Development Department.