Formal Tax Dispute Hearing at Bernalillo Co. Assessor's Office
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#1 Jul 8, 2009
The day started off sort of weird. With a cranky front desk employee grumbling after I asked her where the public rest rooms were. She crabbily replied "the reason we keep them locked up is due to vandalism". I had no idea taxpayers visiting the office were vandalizing the rest rooms!
The hearing went fairly well (I think!). 1 out the 4 NM State Government officials that were to be holding the hearing was out sick. I waived my right to have the hearing on another day. The Bernalillo County Assessor MASSED her troops against me, being represented by 4 APPRAISERS in front of the 3 hearing officers. I presented evidence that:
1) Bernalillo county (and appraisals all throughout the USA) were inflated in the form of articles from Forbes Magazine, New Mexico Real Estate Lawyers, a Petition signed by 11,000 PROPERTY APPRAISERS presented to the US Government stating how they were FORCED to INFLATE appraisals by lenders, mortgage brokers, real estate professionals, builders under the threat of being black-listed and not being given any future business or PAID FOR THE PRESENT APPRAISALS; a statement from former AG Patricia Madrid regarding such inflated appraisals in New Mexico; proof that OUT OF STATE SPECULATORS were buying up New Mexico property and driving up real estate prices and taxes (16% of the homes in our neighborhood of 100 homes have been bought and rented out by such carpet-bagging speculators); that my neighbor's lot is appraised at almost $4,000 less though it is the same size or slightly larger and fully landscaped though she bought the house YEARS after we bought ours; that the Bernalillo County Assessor HERSELF said she felt TAXES SHOULD NOT GO UP THIS YEAR as home values had plummeted, etc. The New Mexico hearing officers were very nice and courteous.
The chief one looked like Jamie Lee Curtis. One of the Bernalillo County appraisers was a stone fox who had appraised my home back in April 2003.
The latter 2 were the bright spots of the day.
I wont' know the results of their finding until at least a month or more from now. Go to the Bernalillo County Assessor's Website and find out how out of state speculators are buying up New Mexico real estate and aiming to make us a state of RENTERS in the coming future!
“A Half-Truth Is A Lie”
Since: Feb 09
Teutonic Compound, Far NEH
#2 Jul 10, 2009
The first thing you find out is that there is no "ex-parte" communication forbidden between members of the County Assessor's Office and the Valuation Protest Review Board. They can all huddle in that room 207 at the County Assessor's Office while you sit outside and after you leave and there's nothing you can do about it. The second thing you find out is that they will spring New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978 7-36-6 on you, the "Presumption of Correctness" on the part of the County Assessor, which sort of DOOMS your protest right from the start, even though in an article in the Albuquerque Journal,
July 18, 2008, Page A1, titled: "Deputy County Assessor Enjoys Sweet Tax Break", the Deputy County Assessor Irene Serna, UNDER-ASSESSED her own home on the West Side of Albuquerque by some $110,000, and although the County Assessor herself, Karen Montoya, said in the same story:
"...it's not unusual for homes to be reassessed improperly on a year-to-year basis..." in other words- THEY MAKE LOTS OF MISTAKES. Last year there were about 5,000 protests filed. I would LOVE to see all Albuquerque Municipal, County and State employees AUDITED in what they pay for their water bills and their property tax bills. I am SURE there are a LOT of them cheating the system, from Mayor for Life Marty Mad Mood Chavez on down.
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