Leticia Duarte Benavidez
|Phone:||(575) 647-7400 (Voice)|
Doña Ana County Assessor Leticia Benavidez was elected in November of 2018, and she took office on Jan. 1, 2019. She will be eligible to seek re-election in 2022.
Assessor Duarte Benavidez retired from a grant-writing position with Doña Ana County approximately 10 years ago. She ran for the District 5 Commission seat and held it for two full terms, leaving office in 2016. The goal of the Assessor’s office under her leadership is to provide a well-managed department that will serve the public with expert, qualified staff that results in:
- a fair and equitable assessment of taxpayer’s real and personal property at a reasonable cost.
- a well-maintained, current tax base upon which local government can base tax levies.
- meeting or exceeding the requirements of the State of New Mexico for level of assessment and uniformity by constant market analysis.
Assessor Activities for 2019
The Doña Ana County Assessor's Office determines the property value of homes, businesses, and other taxable properties within the county for ad valorem tax purposes. The office also prepares the tax rolls for the County Treasurer for real property (land and improvements), personal property (business equipment), livestock, and mobile homes.
As established by state law, property values for 2019, for most properties, are appraised at 2018 market levels. Doña Ana County's market value is approximately $13.4 billion, including property assessed by the county Assessor's Office and property assessed by the State of New Mexico. Property appraisers are constantly reviewing market and economic trends. New construction is added, and the values of existing land and buildings are constantly under review.
Notices of property valuation for the 2019 tax year will be mailed to all property owners on April 1, 2019. It is important that property owners review the valuation figures on the Notice of Value, because this is the last step in the review process. The value on the notice is what will be used to calculate the taxes you will pay after your local government agencies and school districts set their budgets and the tax rates are adopted. 2019 valuations are based on 2018 market levels. An exception to this is agricultural land, which is assessed at amounts set by the state’s Property Tax Division, levels substantially below market value.
Taxable value on real and personal property is one third of the total appraised value, minus any allowable exemptions, such as head-of-household or veteran's exemptions. Property in New Mexico is classified as residential or non-residential and is taxed at different rates (see mil rate comparisons).
Should you have questions or need any assistance with any other property tax issues, please call or visit us. Our address and phone number are listed above.