2nd -HALF PROPERTY TAX BILLS MAILED; PAYMENTS DUE BY MAY 10

2nd -HALF PROPERTY TAX BILLS MAILED; PAYMENTS DUE BY MAY 10

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has mailed the second-half property tax installment notices, and he reminds property owners that they have until May 10 to pay their second-half property taxes before state-mandated interest and penalties begin to accumulate.

Gutierrez said his office has placed a priority on convenience for the public, noting that payments can be made a number of ways, such as:

* By mailing your payment to the Treasurer’s Office using the self-addressed envelope provided with the tax notice,

* By check or money order, at any of the 10 Wells Fargo Bank branches, located from Sunland Park to Hatch, where money orders for the payment of taxes are provided free of charge to any Wells Fargo customer,

* At the Treasurer’s Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 845 Motel Blvd, Las Cruces,

* By using the drop box inside the Doña Ana County Government Center, adjacent to the Treasurer’s Office teller windows.

* Online with a credit or debit card, or electronic checks at www.donaanacounty.org/tax/. There is a nominal fee for this service.

If your taxes are paid by an escrow holder, the company will receive the tax notice.

Property owners who have not paid their taxes in full and did not receive reminders should immediately contact the Treasurer’s Office at (575) 647-7433.

“We make every effort to notify every property owner of their tax obligations,” Gutierrez said. “We have already sent out more than 36,000 second-half reminders. If for some reason you haven’t paid your property taxes, please don’t miss the May 10 deadline.”

Property owners can avoid penalties and interest by making arrangements to pay their property taxes on time. Once penalty and interest are incurred, there are no provisions in the property tax code to remove them from an account.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.