TREASURER REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS OF PAYMENT DEADLINE

TREASURER REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS OF PAYMENT DEADLINE

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has announced that the 2010 tax bills have been mailed out, and property owners have until Dec. 10 to pay before state-mandated interest and penalties begin to accumulate.

Gutierrez said convenience is a priority in his office, and he has arranged for property owners to be able to make their tax payments in a number of ways, such as:

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

* Taking a check or money order to 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,

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

* Using the drop box located inside the Doña Ana County Government Center adjacent to the Treasurer’s Office teller windows, or

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

For property owners whose taxes are paid by an escrow holder, the mortgage company will receive the tax notice. Gutierrez said his office does not mail duplicate tax bills to property owners and their escrow companies, thereby saving more than $8,000 in taxpayer dollars each year.

Property owners who have not received their tax bills by Nov. 10 should 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 sent out more than 106,000 tax bills for this tax year. We urge all property owners to avoid penalties and interest by making arrangements to pay their property taxes on time. Under state law, no one can waive penalties and interest on property taxes once they have become delinquent.”

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