PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS AGRICULTURE ASSESSMENTS

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS AGRICULTURE ASSESSMENTS

Doña Ana County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz has scheduled a public hearing at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18, at the Henry Benavidez Community Center at 1945 W. McClure Rd. The hearing will focus on a state proposal to increase property valuations on farm and ranch lands, which will take effect in January of 2001.
Ortiz said the hearing follows a recent announcement by the state Taxation and Revenue Department regarding the potential increases.
In addition to soliciting public input, the hearing will provide a forum for state and local officials to discuss the three types of valuations contemplated under the proposal. The first is on livestock, which is calculated yearly; the second is on grazing land; and the third is on farmland. According to state officials, many counties’ evaluations on farm and ranch land statewide have not been updated since 1979, although they are supposed to be updated every five years.
Ortiz said that while the formula could increase the tax burden on certain properties by as much as 400 percent, she added that low production and drought endured by farmers and ranchers in recent years could play a significant factor in the final determination of how the proposed formula affects land values in Doña Ana County.
The Las Cruces public hearing is part of a series of such hearings that will get underway across the state next week, Ortiz said. Other scheduled hearings will be held in Aztec, Las Vegas, Santa Fe and Roswell.
For more information, contact Chief Deputy Appraiser Gary Perez at (505) 647-7400.