DOÑA ANA COUNTY TREASURER ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD TAX PAYMENTS

DOÑA ANA COUNTY TREASURER ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD TAX PAYMENTS

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez has announced that his office now allows property owners to pay their property taxes online or in person, using major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. In addition, the Doña Ana County Treasurer’s Office will now accept e-checks.

“In this economy, we want to find ways to assist people with making their property taxes as manageable as possible,” Gutierrez said. “While we encourage people to be judicious about credit card debt, we also realize that a series of monthly payments may be easier to manage for some families than lump-sum property-tax payments.”

The company that has been contracted to facilitate electronic payments will assess a processing fee of 2.49 percent of the total property tax bill for residents who opt for credit-card payment and a flat fee of $2.95 for e-check payments. Electronic payments can be made at www.donaanacounty.org/tax

To speed lines once tax bills come due, Gutierrez said one teller window will be devoted to credit-card transactions, with the remaining windows available to process traditional cash and check payments.

First-half property taxes in Doña Ana County come due on Nov. 10, 2009, and will be considered late if not submitted by Dec. 10, 2009. Once tax payments are late, the State of New Mexico imposes penalties and interest that cannot be removed or modified by the Doña Ana County Treasurer’s Office, regardless of circumstances.

“If credit-card payments and e-checks can help well-intentioned property owners to avoid penalties and interest, then I will consider this modification to our system a move in the right direction for everyone concerned,” Gutierrez said.

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