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Delinquent Property Tax Notices Mailed June 12


Property owners with unpaid REAL property taxes, who currently owe for the 2015 tax year, have until June 29 before their accounts are turned over to the State of New Mexico for collections, and risk losing their properties to auction to pay their debts.

Property owners with delinquent taxes that owe for the 2016 or 2017 tax year can start a monthly payment plan to address their tax debt. Property owners interested in a payment plan should contact the delinquent accounts department at bernco.gov/treasurer, call (505) 468-7031 or visit the Treasurer’s Office at One Civic Plaza NW, Lower Level from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

“Residents risk losing their homes and face harsh collections with the state,” says Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy Bearce (rhymes with purse), “Becoming current or starting a payment plan will reduce the stress of past-due taxes.”

In any given year, there are approximately 30,000 delinquent properties in the county. There are many property owners who have already established payment plans with the Treasurer’s Office.

Treasury employees hold outreach programs at community centers and senior programs throughout the county, and make contact with delinquent property owners by phone and mail, to avoid this outcome. Only 645 properties were turned over to the state for collection last year, out of 4,000 potential properties.

Outreach efforts by BernCo pay off by decreased penalties to residents and improved county cash flow. Over 99 percent of property taxes are eventually received by the county, resulting in approximately $655 million collected each year. Of these funds, 70 percent are distributed to other agencies, including:

  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
  • Arroyo Flood Control Authority.
  • State of New Mexico
  • University of New Mexico Hospital
  • City of Albuquerque.
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