Doña Ana County

Assessor's Office

Leticia Duarte-Benavidez

County Assessor
Department Head: 
Leticia Duarte-Benavidez
845 N Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: 
(575) 647-7400 (Voice)
Fax: 
(575) 525-5538
TDD: 
(575) 525-5538
Phone: (575) 647-7400 (Voice)
Fax: (575) 525-5538
TDD: (575) 525-5538
Email: leticiab@donaanacounty.org

Assessor's Office

 

ATTENTION

The Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office is closed to the public except for Wednesdays by appointment only due to the ongoing pandemic.

For particular questions please contact the following:

DEPARTMENT IS YOUR QUESTION RELATING TO: CONTACT
RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL Residential and land valuation, Appraisal procedures and deadlines. Supervisor: Jonathan Ortiz
(575) 525-5548
COMMERCIAL APPRAISAL Commercial Property Values, Permits, Protests Supervisor: Julie Vackar
(575) 525-5533
GIS/MAPPING DEPARTMENT

GIS Data Information, Land Size Validation, Legal Descriptions, Claim of Exemptions, Subdivisions, Property Splits, Property Combines, Taxes Paid in Advance, Letters to File, Physical Address Changes.

Supervisor: Charles Saenz
(575) 525-5508
TITLE DEPARTMENT

Property Ownership, Real Property Transfers, Notification of Deceased Owner, Guidance with Real Property Transfer Documents.

Supervisor: Dianne Bustillos
(575) 525-5537
FRONT OFFICE MAIN LINE

Property Inquiries, Mobile Homes, Taxes Paid in Advance, Tax Releases, Businesses, Mailing Address Changes, Livestock, Head of Household, Veteran and Value Freeze Exemptions.

(575) 647-7400
(Supervisor: Tina Serna)

All other questions not listed above can be answered by our front counter staff or directed to the appropriate staff member within our office to assist you.

The Doña Ana County Assessor’s Office will be closed daily from 12pm-1pm.

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 2020

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 2020, for most properties, are appraised at 2019 market levels. Doña Ana County's market value is approximately $13.8 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 2020 tax year will be mailed to all property owners on April 1, 2020. 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. 2020 valuations are based on 2019 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.