COUNTY’S NEW LOT-LINE ORDINANCE TO TAKE EFFECT

COUNTY’S NEW LOT-LINE ORDINANCE TO TAKE EFFECT

A new ordinance initiated by the Doña Ana County Assessor's Office will make landowners, title companies and land surveyors more accountable when lot lines are moved.

The Plat and Replat Conveyance Ordinance, which takes effect July 13, 2005, requires anyone changing lot lines that affect existing titles to submit conveyance documents that contain title ownership and legal descriptions of the properties affected.

"When lot lines shift, and titles don't correspond to the new plats, we must create little slivers of real property to assess for taxation," County Assessor Gary Perez said. "One of the biggest problems is making sure we assess the taxable value of the parcel to the correct person."

According to the new ordinance, the assessor's records will not indicate changes made by plats or replats that are not filed with corresponding conveyance documents.

"I believe that requiring the conveyance documents with the plat and replat filings will immediately address the title problems we've dealt with for many years," Perez said.

Since March, Perez' office has been contacting title insurance companies, land surveyors, realtors and land owners about the ordinance, first seeking feedback and then notifying them of the passage of the ordinance by the Board of County Commissioners.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Assistant County Public Information Director Grant Taylor at (505) 647-7290.