Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Assessor Giddings has announced - as part of the yearly appraisal maintenance plan - a comprehensive new plan to reevaluate nearly 250,000 residential and commercial properties in Bernalillo County, something that has not been done in 14 years.
The plan will provide more community outreach; utilize new staff, enhanced training, better technology, transparency and quality controls to protect all Bernalillo County taxpayers and property owners.
On June 25, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners approved funding for 29 new positions, including four full-time permanent positions to address quality control, and also 25 temporary contract employees to be on the ground revaluating Bernalillo County's properties.
“I’m proud to lead this critical effort to strengthen trust and integrity between the Assessor’s Office and the public we serve,” Assessor Tanya R. Giddings says. “This project is about fairness in the way we do business, collecting accurate information and ensuring we are the best stewards of the taxpayers of Bernalillo County's funds. I want to thank the Bernalillo County Commission for their support in helping this critical project move forward.”
The new staff members will help the Assessor’s Office conduct a thorough canvass and review for the 249,106 properties in Bernalillo County.
The cost of the new employees in the 2014 fiscal year is budgeted for $917,332. The funds come from Bernalillo County’s Property Valuation Fund, which is separate from the county’s general fund.
The project is scheduled from July 1 through June 2016. The first area of the county would be reviewed later this year.
The four new permanent employees will establish the new Quality Control Department at the Assessor’s Office to ensure a thorough review of all information collected.
Assessor Giddings is also rebuilding the Agriculture Department to provide better community outreach and the most up-to-date information for the more than 4,000 agricultural properties and exemptions in Bernalillo County.
“This is a major undertaking and I want homeowners and property owners to know that my goal is to assess everyone’s property fairly and accurately,” Assessor Tanya R. Giddings says. “We need to collect more information so that property owners are not assessed too much, or too little, and that everyone is receiving the exemptions they are entitled to.”
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.
Assessor Giddings also encourages community feedback through a recently-established public comment form available at www.bernco.gov/assessor-office. Constituents may also call 505.222.3700.
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