TREASURER SEEKS TO HELP PROPERTY OWNERS AVOID AUCTION PROCESS

TREASURER SEEKS TO HELP PROPERTY OWNERS AVOID AUCTION PROCESS

Doña Ana County Treasurer Jim Schoonover has a message for 1,264 Doña Ana County property owners: “Beware! If you owe any portion of your property taxes from 2003, be looking for a letter from my office!”

Under state statute, Doña Ana County is obligated to refer properties with delinquent taxes dating back to 2003 to the State of New Mexico for collection of taxes or disposal at auction. Schoonover has assigned Karen Reed of his office to work personally with all property owners who face auction if their back taxes are not paid prior to June 30, 2006.

Property owners who owe taxes, penalties and interest dating back to at least Nov. 1, 2003 will be affected. Those properties whose taxes remain delinquent after the June 30 deadline will be turned over to the state’s Property Tax Division for the auction process.

“We have a short time to work with you to help you keep your property,” Schoonover said. “Karen Reed and the rest of my staff will do all that we can within the law to help any taxpayer avoid the auction process, but we need the complete and immediate cooperation of the property owners.”

For assistance or information related to properties with delinquent taxes owed to Doña Ana County, call (505) 647-7529. If you live outside the Las Cruces metropolitan area, call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7529.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.