The 2013 Notices of Value will be sent to the owners of more than 273,000 Bernalillo County properties on May 1, Assessor Tanya R. Giddings has announced.
She encourages homeowners and property owners to carefully review their 2013 Notices of Value, which assigns a value to a home that determines in part the amount of property taxes owed.
Assessor Giddings also announced that her staff is scheduled to visit four community centers in May and answer questions from the public about property assessments, exemptions and the protest process. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome.
“Community outreach and communicating with the public we serve are among my top priorities,” Assessor Tanya R. Giddings says. “I encourage families and property owners to visit our staff in the community centers, or call us and ask questions. Our customer service center is up and running and we’re here to help.”
Assessor Giddings has established a customer service center at the assessor’s office in addition to establishing the office hours in the community centers this May. The assessor’s office is located at 501 Tijeras Ave. N.W. and no appointment is necessary.
Assessor’s and Treasurer’s Office staff will also be available at the following locations on May 14, May 16, May 21 and May 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.:
Paradise Hills Community Center
5901 Paradise Blvd. N.W.
Albuquerque, NM, 87114
Vista Grande Community Center
No. 15 La Madera Road
Sandia Park, NM 87047
Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center
9800 4th Street N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Westside Community Center
1250 Isleta Blvd. S.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87105
Giddings also encouraged property owners to take advantage of all exemptions, which can lower their overall property tax bill. Examples include head of household and veterans exemptions.
Senior citizens 65-years and older and disabled individuals may qualify for the County Assessor’s Value Freeze Program, which locks in assessed values at current rates. To qualify, applicants must show their income was $32,000 a year or less in 2012.
The period to protest one's Notice of Value will run from May 1, 2013 through May 30, 2013 at 5 p.m. Protest forms are available online here
and can be picked up at 501 Tijeras Blvd. N.W.
Giddings also noted that while her office determines what a property's valuation is, the taxes themselves are collected and managed by the office of Bernalillo County Treasurer Manny Ortiz.