County plans to assess all property values

BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – People who have been sliding by without paying their fair share of property taxes aren’t going to be able to slide much longer.

On Friday, the Bernalillo County assessor kicked off the mass canvas of all residential properties in the county to make sure property values are correct and people are paying what they should be.

KRQE’s Larry Barker recently exposed the abuse of the system with some high-priced homes with tiny property tax bills. One $7 million home had a tax bill of just $24.88.

Now the assessor’s office will take another look at all properties in the county.

“At the end of the day, it’s about ensuring fairness and equitable and correct information,” said assessor Tanya Giddings.

The canvas is expected to take four years. It will start in the northeast heights and head south. Valencia and Sandoval counties are doing the same thing.

When assessors visit homes, they’ll leave a yellow placard at the doors.

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