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.