Property tax rolls gaining accuracy, to owners' surprise

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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:00 pm

When Santa Fe County Assessor Domingo P. Martinez came into office in 2007, the tax rolls were a mess — thousands of properties were not being taxed at all, while some owners were paying too much and others, almost nothing.

And there were complaints.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:14 pm on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 644

    Tyler Technologies is NOT based in Kansas City, MO, contrary to what Mr. Krasnow has reported in the captions of the photos that accompany his article. It is merely one of 25 branch offices of Tyler Technologies, headquartered just outside of Dallas in Plano, Texas. (GASP!)

    More Texas money for La Tejana.[sleeping]

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 11:04 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 644

    You are so right! Little darlings, indeed! But who are the lunatics running the asylum?

    In February, SF New Mexican reporter Robert Nott wrote, "The Santa Fe school board voted 4-1 late Tuesday to approve a $55 million, five-year plan for technology upgrades at all schools in the district, and then voted 3-2 to fund that plan by raising property taxes." This spurred the infamous comment about "fewer trips to Starbucks" by then school board president, Linda Trujillo.

    The school board has the power to raise homeowner taxes--in this case, by $55M--and send it to a Florida-based private education for-profit company just because THREE people agree it is a good idea.

    La Tejana's people bring in a Texas-based stealth accessor to evaluate our property values. They must have been trained by the NSA since they can determine value without stepping foot on land or entering a home.

    Ms. Walker is right on point but for a different reason, IMHO. I do not mind contributing to the education of others, but I resent being told I do not I have a voice in it. I resent being told I will contribute because I am in a certain class (homeowner) and others will not contribute because they do not belong (non-homeowners, renters, corporations, businesses).

    Does anyone remember history? "Taxation without representation?" or "Let them eat cake?" Battles were fought over these. Wars were won.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 9:56 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 409

    Ed Campbell, you are absolutely correct - today. Thirty or more years ago, people that built their own houses out in the country didn't need a permit - if it couldn't be seen from a paved road, it didn't exist! I knew people that built, trying to keep it legal, filed all the paperwork. When it came time for an inspection - an inspector would never show up! At that point, you have to give them 3 or 4 days before you could move on to the next step. Needless to say, many of the county's problems with the tax situation were brought on by themselves.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 9:06 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 409

    I don't understand what would possess the county to hire an out of state firm to spy on property owners. I had an unmarked van with a tiny amber light on top driving through my neighborhood. When I went to my gate and confronted them, they had no ID and a supposed county employee was in the back seat with a camera with a big telephoto lens.They never asked to see my house.
    What I finally received in the mail was laughably inaccurate. I had a county assessor come to my house several years ago - he gave an accurate description and assessment of my property. That is on record, as I'm sure a large percentage of houses in the county are. With today's technology, a physical survey such as the one the county just spent an unknown and probably ridiculous amount of money on, should be and is, totally unnecessary. Most of the info I received, with the exception of a photo taken from a couple of hundred yards away, was from satellite images. Any additions, outbuildings etc. could have been evaluated without an out of state crew in a bunch of old vans. Let's see a bill from Tyler for their work - compared to additional revenue the county will now receive.

  • Peter Neal posted at 8:54 pm on Mon, Apr 21, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 843

    Well your beloved "Bama" had five years to fix the economy and get real estate values up again- FAIL.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 1:34 pm on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 162

    um. yeah. we already got are tax estimates for 2014 and, well, mine went down 1000 bucks from 2013. So. apparently, you're wrong in your assessment.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 1:33 pm on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Evil_J Posts: 162

    LOL Bummer, you layabouts! With you're illegal casitas on RM-1 lots! Sucks to be you, but you are scofflaws.

  • Pam Walker posted at 1:22 pm on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 119

    I personally get sick and tired of paying higher taxes so our schools can waste the money on some new gimick. What ever happened to pencil and paper and teachers that cared about more than money. Have you seen the school supply lists put out at the beginning of the year. Ridiculous. The last list I got over 30 years ago even required four boxes of tissues. Now we pay for computers for each child and numerous other things like that. Seems to me there should be some cut off date once your kids no longer are in the system. I have not had a child or grandchild in the system for over 30 years. Why should I continue to pay for the little darlings?

  • Lou Neiner posted at 10:13 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    lneiner Posts: 7

    The TX firm Martinez hired to do the re-revaluation were so inaccurate as to be laughable. I got the letter from them saying I had refused to let the company tour my property. Never happened - no one ever knocked. So they sent me a schematic of what the appraiser had drawn and it bore no resemblance to my house in any way. I called the assessor's office and they sent out someone to check the drawing. He made the necessary changes. He told me the county paid the TX firm $1MM and knew how bad the results were and did not intend to pursue getting OUR money back.

    But this "reporter" interviews two people and writes a very uninformed story

  • Fred Stokes posted at 9:08 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 138

    ****And in the coming 2014 tax bill, there is almost a guarantee that property taxes will increase for everyone in the county because the Santa Fe school board has voted to boost the property levy . . . .*****

    Except of course the many people who live in different school districts. I wish I was surprised that a reporter for the New Mexican is so ignorant of the county in which he lives.

    Perhaps ignorance is the reason he wrote this article without any mention of Tax Lightning.

  • Michael Murray posted at 8:23 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 109

    Property taxes are the most disgusting form of tax. They make it impossible to actually own anything "free and clear". No matter how many generations have occupied structures or property the glorious government always has a lien against it. Government produces nothing, it only takes from those who have.

  • Julian R. Grace posted at 7:54 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 333

    I wonder when the people will say enough taxes. Keep electing people that think it's alright to raise taxes until you have to choose between food and shelter. It will be too late.

  • Ed Campbell posted at 5:11 am on Sun, Apr 20, 2014.

    Ed Campbell Posts: 75

    If your tax bill says vacant land and you built a house - don't be surprised when you finally get a bill.