ASSESSOR SCHEDULING PROTEST HEARINGS, WAITING FOR RESIDENTS’ RESPONSES

ASSESSOR SCHEDULING PROTEST HEARINGS, WAITING FOR RESIDENTS’ RESPONSES

Out of 2,641 property valuation protests received by the Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office in 1999, all but 609 have been resolved. The remaining protesters have been sent letters explaining the protest process and what action, if any, has been taken to amend the original property valuation.

County Assessor Emma Johnson Ortiz said property owners in receipt of the letters have only a few more days left to indicate whether they accept their valuations or wish to go forward with a formal protest hearing. She said 1,766 property owners already have returned their letters.

“We are obligated by law to set up hearings for people who do not return their letters,” Ortiz said. “That requires sending out a 24-page packet via certified mail to each protester. This is costly and it’s usually not necessary, because most of the people don’t even show up for the hearings, in which case the amended valuation is declared valid by default.”

Ortiz suggested that anyone who has not received a letter or otherwise been notified that their protest has been acknowledged should call her office immediately at (505) 647-7400.