FULL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS

FULL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS

Doña Ana County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz has announced that her office is now accepting certificates from disabled veterans who qualify for 100 percent property tax relief under House Bill 90, which passed the 2000 New Mexico Legislature and was signed by the governor.
Under the terms of the new law, Johnson Ortiz said, qualifying veterans must meet three specific criteria: 1) Possess an honorable discharge from the armed services; 2) Possess federal designation of permanent and total service-connected disability; and 3) Possess proof that their home has been specially adapted to their specific disability with federal grant funds.
Applications are being processed locally at the Veteran’s Service Commission at 303 S. Water St. in Las Cruces. Veterans who receive certification will be relieved of having to pay property taxes upon filing the exemption.
Qualified veterans have until Sept. 1, 2000, to present the color-coded exemption certificates to the county assessor’s office at 251 W. Amador, Room 106, in Las Cruces. The deadline was extended this month under an order from the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department. The original deadline was Feb. 29, 2000.
Under certain conditions, the surviving spouse of a veteran who met the criteria of the new law also may apply for the permanent exemption.
Once the exemption is granted, it becomes permanent.
“We don’t think this law will affect a huge number of Doña Ana County property owners,” Johnson Ortiz said. “Still, we want to make people aware of it, so that anyone who qualifies or thinks they might qualify will have the opportunity to present their certification to us before the deadline in September.”