County Treasurer

Tyler Massey  Picture_047.jpg


County Courthouse
300 Shakespeare
Lordsburg, NM 88045

575.542.9313

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County Chief Deputy Treasurer

Lucy Mendoza

 

Mission

To collect property taxes and other related fees as determined by the County Assessor's Office.

Responsibilites

The County Treasurer handles and records county revenues, including property taxes, fees, penalties, interest, licenses, and distributions and grants from state and federal government. The office is the collector of all county revenues and the depositor, safekeeper, and investor of all county funds, with the approval of the County Commissioners. The Treasurer also prepares all reports necessary for public record, state reporting, and access by County Commissioners.

The Treasurer serves as the tax collector for Hidalgo County, the State and numerous other tax agencies. The Treasurer's Office does not set the assessed valuation, the tax rate or the amount of taxes due. The office also mails out deliquent notices, handles sale of delinquent property, and releases mobile home liens.

The Treasurer's Office collects and disburses tax collections to appropriate government agencies and keeps all books, records and funds pertaining to the office ready for inspection by the County Commission and the State Department of Finance and Administration.

Thousands of property tax bills, delinquency notices and other correspondence are sent by the County Treasurer's Office annually. It's our job in the Treasurer's Office to collect these bills, but the actual taxable amount for your home, business or other property is set by the Hidalgo County Assessor, and the Hidalgo County Commission sets the tax rate for the County.

Other tax rates are set by the individual taxing entities with final approval by the State's Department of Finance and Administration.

The office could be called the "banker" for the County, responsible for collecting money due to other County departments, including fees for services, licenses and revenues from bond issues and special assessments.

The Treasurer's Office assures the legality and propriety of disbursements and invests surplus monies until they are needed for County operations. It produces a monthly financial report.


Make Sure You Know!

Property tax bills are mailed out on November 1 each year.  

The first half of the total amount is due and payable on November 10 and must be postmarked by December 10 to avoid penalty and interest charges.  

The second half is due April 10 and must be postmarked by May 10 to avoid penalty and interest.

 

Calendar

January 1: By January 1st, the the taxable value of all property in the county is determined. If property values change during the year, the changes in tax will not take effect until the next January 1.
February: All improvements, decreases in value, mobile homes, livestock, and claims for any applicable exemptions are due by the last day of February, 
April 1: On or before April 1, the County Assessor mails notices of value to property owners. If an owner wants to protest value determination, it is allowable under denial of exemptions, classification, allocation of taxes to a governmental unit or limitation in value increase as provide by state law. The owner must file a petition of protest with the county assessor within thirty days of receiving notice of value (postmark date). The second method is file for a claim of refund in district court after paying your property taxes before the delinquent date. Property owners cannot use both methods on the same property in the same year. There is no legal right of the owner to protest the tax rate. 
June 15: The total net taxable values in the county are certified to the Property Tax Division. After this date, valuation changes generally require a court order.
June 30: The NM Division compiles all values certified by all counties and forwards to the Department and Finance for its use in making budgets and setting tax rates.
September 1: The NM Department of Finance and Administration sets the tax rates. The county certifies the tax rates. A copy of the written order imposing the tax rates shall be delivered to the County Assessor. Rates consist of operating rates that finance ongoing operations of government, and debt rates used to finance long-term capital improvements. 
October 1: By October 1, the County Assessor prepares the property tax schedule (tax roll) for the county and delivers it for billing. The tax roll lists every property, description, owner, address, value for property tax purposes, classification, exemptions allowed, applicable tax rates and tax amount.
November 1: Tax bills are mailed, amounts based on the values set as of January 1 of this tax year.
November 10: The first half of the bill is due.  After paying their first installment of taxes due, property owners who question the amount have sixty days to file a claim for refund in district court, if they have not exercised the option of filing a petition of protest with the County Assessor. Property owners cannot file a petition of protest and a claim for refund in the same year.
December 10: Unpaid taxes (the first half) are deliquent if not paid by December 10. On this date penalty and interest began to accrue. This date is also the last day to file a claim for refund, the second method for protesting assessments. To be eligible to file a claim for refund, the owner must pay the tax billed prior to the delinquency date.
January 9: Last day to file a claim for refund.
April 10: Second half of tax bills are due on April 10.
May 10: Taxes are delinquent if not paid. Interest and penalties accrue.