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Bernalillo County Assessor Tanya R. Giddings Updates County Commission and Public on Office Progress


County Assessor Tanya R. Giddings went before the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners this week to provide status updates on the Assessor’s Office and its many programs as well as approval of the 2017 Property Valuation Maintenance Program and Annual Report.

As part of the responsibilities of the office of the County Assessor, Assessor Giddings presents an annual property valuation maintenance program on providing property value assessments for the over 283,000 Notices of Value that get mailed out every spring for residential, commercial, business personal property, livestock and manufactured homes.

The maintenance program is a comprehensive outline of how all the departments within the Assessor’s Office work together to determine and maintain the current and correct values of all taxable properties, a primary responsibility of the office. County commissioners use the program outline and its results to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the work being done by the office and to insure there is adequate allocation of funds to fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the assessor.

In 2013 when Assessor Giddings was entrusted with the responsibility she immediately initiated many changes for the purposes of improving antiquated office processes, programs and policies; from addressing work backlogs, to reinstating the departments of agricultural exemption and quality control, and initiating a countywide canvass project that had not, at the time, been undertaken for over 14 years. Assessor Giddings provided an update on the countywide canvass of residential properties, which began in Feb. of 2014.

A countywide canvass is recommended every 4-6 years according to the International Association of Assessing Officers and is also included in New Mexico State Statute. The residential canvass is nearly 30-percent complete, while the non-residential canvass is nearly 70-percent complete. The residential canvass is currently in the northeast quadrant of the county.

“This annual report and property valuation maintenance program is a narrative of the outcome of these successful initiatives, and many more since, and a snapshot of the productivity, efficiency and inter-departmental cooperation which translates into maximizing what our office puts out every year to insure that property owners are being treated and assessed fairly and equitably,” says Assessor Tanya R. Giddings.

Some statistical highlights of the report show that the net taxable value of the county increased from $14.695 billion to $15.211 billion, which is an increase of 3.52-percent. Also, of all residential properties in the county, 84-percent of properties saw an increase to their value of no more than the statute of limitation of increased in valuation of residential property of three percent, 9-percent of properties remained the same, and 7-percent saw a decrease to their value. This is a reflection of increased home sales and building permits within the county.

You can find the full 2017 Property Valuation Maintenance Program and Annual Report, the current status information for the countywide canvass, as well as educational videos and community outreach information all online at www.bernco.gov/assessor.

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