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County Assessor: Mary Guthrie


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Mission statement 
The goal of the Assessor's Office is to provide a well-managed office that will serve the public with expert, qualified staff that will result in:
  1. Fair and equitable assessment of the taxpayer's real and personal property at a reasonable cost.
  2. Provide local government with a well maintained, current tax base upon which to base their tax levy.
  3. Meet or exceed the requirements of the State of New Mexico for level of assessment and uniformity by constant market analysis.
 
ABOUT THE OFFICE
 
The Grant County Assessor, Mary Guthrie, is an appointed official who is fulfilling an un-expired term which was vacated by Randy Villa in June 2013, who is now serving as the County's General Services Director/Fire Management Officer. Mrs. Guthrie is now responsible for valuing all real and personal property for taxing authorities in Grant County. Taxing authorities include such organizations as school districts, county hospitals, municipalities, conservancy districts and flood control authorities. The assessor also administers the granting of certain exemptions allowable by state law.
The Grant County Assessor's Office determines the property value of homes, businesses, and other taxable property within the County for ad valorem tax purposes. The office also prepares the tax roll for the County Treasurer for real property (land and improvements), personal property (business equipment), livestock and manufactured homes.
 
HELPFUL TIPS
 
Notice of Value
Each year the Assessor mails property owners a "Notice of Value".  This form informs the owner of the property's total assessed value, property description and exemptions applied to the property. Read this documents carefully! The valuation plays a role in determining property taxes paid to the Treasurer's Office.   A property owner has thirty days from the official mailing date to apply for exemptions or to appeal the valuation.
 
Benefits and Exemptions
Head of Family Exemption-
The Head of Family Exemption is a $2000 reduction of the taxable value of your poperty.  Only one person per household may qualify and it can only be applied in one county in the state.  Dependents are not a requirement in order to receive this exemption.
 
Veteran's Exemption-
The Veteran's Exemption takes $4000 off taxable value of your property.  Any honorably discharged veteran, or an umarried surviving spouse, who has been issued a Certificate of Eligibility* may qualify for this exemption.  When applying for the exemption for the first time, the certificate must be presented to the Assessor's office.  Once the exemption is applied, it remains on the property until ownership of that property changes.
 
*A Certificate of Eligibility can be obtained by sending the Veteran's Exemption application along with a copy of the veteran's DD-214 to the address on the back of the application
 
 
100% Disabled Veteran-
Any veteran considered 100% disabled, or a veteran's unmarried surviving spouse, who has been issued a Certificate of Eligibility may qualify for a 100% exemption from residential property taxes.  Once the exemption is applied, it remains applied until ownership of that property changes.
 
Valuation Freeze-
If a taxpayer is 65 years of age or older, or permanently disabled, and has a modified gross income of $32000 or less , he/she may apply for a valuation freeze of their residence.  Applications must be sumbitted along with proof of income, age, and/or disability. 
 
The deadline to apply for these exemptions is 30 days after the officials mailing date of the Notice of Valuation.
 
Applications for all exemptions can be found in the documents section of this website.
 
Common Questions
 
Why Did  My Property Value Increase 3%
More than likely, the value of your residential property assessment increased because the assessor's valuation has been capped in prior years while the market was increasing by much more than 3%.  The capped value may be very low in relation to the real time market value and therefore may not reflect the current market value. Therefore, it must be reappraised and increased by up to 3% per year.
 
Are There Limits on Valuation Increases?
The total value determined by the assessor for real property each tax year is based on market value of the property in the prior year.  For example, your 2011 Notice of Value will reflect a 2010 market value.  Under state law, valuation increases on residential property must not  increase more than 3% per year of the prio year's assessed value.
 
The limitation does not apply to:
  • Property that has changed ownership due to a sale.  In the event of a sale, the valuation cap is removed in the tax year after the sale and the valuation must be changed to reflect maket value.
  • Property that is placed on the tax rolls for the first time.
  • Any new improvements made to a property (i.e. additions, outbuildings, etc)
  • Property whose use or zoning has changed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Assessor's Office at 575-574-0030

 
 
 
 

 
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