The Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office will be mailing 2013 property-valuation notices on April 1, information from which will be used to calculate tax bills in November.

In all, about 95,000 notices will be mailed out by a company contracted to handle the distribution. The official mailing date for 2013 is April 1, and the 2013 deadline to file a protest or to claim head-of-family exemption, veterans’ exemption, developer discount or a valuation freeze for individuals who are 65 years of age and meet the state income requirements will be April 30.

For tax year 2013, Dona Ana County will see about a 2 percent increase in the overall taxable value, which is mostly due to new construction. The taxable value countywide will total about $3.9 billion, but that figure will change as property owners file protests.

Most growth in the tax base originates from either new construction or increases in the assessed valuation for existing properties which are below current market value. Assessed value is influenced by the market, any new renovations or building additions and, in the case of most residences, a state law that caps the valuation increase at 3 percent per year.

2013 taxes will be based on the taxable value, which is one-third of the full assessed value. Property owners can use an automated system, available on the assessor’s website, to fill out a protest form or fill out an exemption application. These forms must still be submitted in person, faxed or mailed to the Doña Ana County Assessor's Office at 845 N. Motel Boulevard in Las Cruces.

“As county assessor I have and continue to maintain a public-outreach program through which I will host community meetings on March 21, April 4 and April 25 in order to educate and assist our taxpayers with the assessment and protest processes,” said Doña Ana County Assessor Andy Segovia.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Doña Ana County Assessor at (575) 647-7400.

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