Valencia County assessor

Democrat

Beverly Dominguez Romero (I)

Age: 60

Occupation: Valencia County Assessor

Education: High School Graduate, International Association of Assessing Officer’s Certified & New Mexico State Certified Appraiser since 2002

Previous elected political offices: Valencia County Assessor

Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony in New Mexico or in another state? No

  1. What in your experience, education, etc., makes you qualified for this position?

“Currently, I am the assessor running for my second term and feel that I am best qualified with my 30 years of experience in the Assessor’s Office, three years with Taxation and Revenue Department/Property Tax Bureau, and 12 years of experience with the District Attorney’s and Work Force Solutions.”

  1. How would you make sure all properties in Valencia County are assessed at the correct value and on the tax rolls?

“I will work diligently assuring all properties are assessed accurately and at their fair and equitable value while abiding to state statutes. Valencia County acquired an up-to-date flyover, which will allow us to view all properties and capture anything that may not be assessed on the tax roll.”

  1. How would you educate property owners about the exemptions they are entitled to that could lower their tax burden?

“I will continue publishing the exemptions that are available to the taxpayers on the assessor’s website, Facebook page and local newspaper. Also, I have asked the Veteran’s Administration office to come to the assessor’s office to help our local veteran’s with all of the exemptions they are entitled to.”

 

Republican

Celia Dittmaier

Age:  47

Occupation: Chief deputy clerk

Education: International Association of Assessing Officers

Previous elected political offices: None

Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony in New Mexico or in another state? “No.”

  1. What in your experience, education, etc., makes you qualified for this position?

“I am a state certified appraiser and worked for several years in the assessor’s office, where I was an mapper, an appraiser and then chief deputy assessor. I also worked at New Mexico Property Tax Division, where we conducted the county assessor’s annual evaluations and protest hearings.”

  1. How would you make sure all properties in Valencia County are assessed at the correct value and on the tax rolls?

“New Mexico state statutes are very clear on how to value properties in the county. I would follow those statutes to ensure all the residents of Valencia County were getting a fair assessment. Every taxpayer can rest assured they would be treated fairly.”

  1. How would you educate property owners about the exemptions they are entitled to that could lower their tax burden?

“I plan to coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Older American Program and other agencies to make sure that we educate as many people as possible about any and all exemptions they are entitled to. I plan to use social media and the paper to reach taxpayers.”

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