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County Assessor





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Kristi E. Graham
Colfax County Assessor

230 North 3rd Street
Raton, NM  87740
Phone: (575)445-2314
Cell Phone: (575) 447-0215

Fax: (575)445-2207
Email Link

Office hours:

7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Monday - Thursday
Open during lunch hour

OUR WORK

The function of County Assessors, and most assessing offices, is to determine proper taxable value for properties.  The job and responsibility, however, continues beyond assessments and valuations for purposes of property taxation.  An assessment can contribute to maintaining communities to reasonable standards for positive socialization, local economic growth, and safety within neighborhoods.  Each undervalued property, vacant building, and improper assessment brings with it a set of problems for the surrounding area, neighbors and similarly situated property owners.  Fair and equitable treatment o properties requires current and correct assessments.

STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COUNTY ASSESSOR

The office of the County Assessor's statutory responsibility is to identify the ownership, locate all taxable property in the county, determine property values pursuant to NMSA 7-36-15, special methods of valuation for property taxation purposes, notify property owners of established assessments, list the value of all property on the assessment roll, and apply all legal exemptions.  Pursuant to NMSA 7-36-16, the responsibility of county assessors is TO DETERMINE AND MAINTAIN CURRENT AND CORRECT VALUES OF PROPERTY.

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OF ASSESSMENTS

NMSA 1978 7-36-16.A "County assessors shall determine values of property for property taxation purposes in accordance with the Property Tax Code and the regulations, orders. rulings and instructions of the department.  Except as limited in Section 7-36-21.2 NMSA 1978, they shall also implement a program of updating property values so that current and correct values of property are maintained and shall have sole responsibility and authority at the county level for property valuation maintenance, subject only to the general supervisory powers of the director".

NMSA 1978 7-36-2 "The county assessor is responsible and has the authority for the valuation of all property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in the county except the property specified by Subsections B and C of this section."

NMSA 1978 7-36-21.2 "Residential property shall be valued at its current and correct value in accordance with the provisions of the Property Tax Code; provided that for the 2001 and subsequent tax years, the value of a property in any tax year shall not exceed the higher of one hundred and three percent of the value in the tax year prior to the tax year in which the property is being valued or one hundred six and one-tenth percent of the value in the tax year two years prior to the tax year in which the property is being valued."

NMSA 1978 7-36-15 (B) "Unless a method or methods of valuation are authorized in Sections 7-36-20 through 7-36-33 NMSA 1978, the value of property for property taxation purposes shall be its market value as determined by application of the sales of comparable property, income or cost methods of valuation or any combination of these methods.  In using any of the methods of valuation authorized by this subsection, the valuation authority."



MISSION and GOALS

The Colfax County Assessor is committed to serving the property owners of the county by complying with New Mexico State Statues and State Taxation and Revenue Department/Property Tax Division Rules and Regulations.

The Assessor utilizes the department budget and available county property valuation program funds to successfully arrive at current and correct values throughout Colfax County.

Adequate funding facilitates successful property valuation programs.
Successful Property Valuation Programs result in current and correct property values as required by New Mexico Law.
 

WHAT WE DO

1.   Accept & process reports from property owners.
2.   List and identify location of property.
3.   Collect, analyze and interpret market and cost trends.
4.   We DO NOT tax your property, but value it for property tax purposes.
5.   Value property in conformance with professional standards of the International Association of Assessing Officers and the        laws of the State of New Mexico.
6.   Apply state laws that exempt certain properties and also allow for lower values for long term residential property owners.
7.   Report to the property owner the value of their property through the Notice of Value in April annually.
8.   Defend the value placed on the property at the Valuation Protest Board.
9.   Please remember the assessor's office cannot perform title searches; you need to contact a local title company to perform  a title search of your property. 

County Assessor Roles and Propery Tax Video

DID YOU KNOW?

The office of the Colfax County Assessor mails out over 20,000 Notices of Value each year, and receives approximately 1,000 of those as returned mail due to incorrect addressing.  We strongly urge you to verify your contact information with our office.

Verifying this may assist you in avoiding any late fees you may incur from the Treasurer's Office Tax Bill mail out.

Please fill out a "Change of Address Form" found to the left hand side in the Department Downloads Forms section of our website.


New 2023 Notice of Value


7-36-1-A. (paraphrased) The Colfax County Assessor is responsible and has the authority for the discovery and valuation of all property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes in the county, except the property specified by Subsections B and C of this section.


Property Tax Calendar


For property record search click here

Property Search Access for Colfax County Staff Click here



Staff Contact:

Joseph Martinez
Chief Deputy Assessor
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Desiree Silva
Deputy Clerk/Ag Specialist/Lot and Block Deeds
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Virginia Mack
Deputy Clerk/Sales Specialist/Condo Deeds
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Derrick Garcia
Mapping Supervisor/Draftsman
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Chris Sandlin
GIS Specialist
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Rick Aguilar
Certified Chief Appraiser
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Alyssa Romero
Business Personal Property/Mobile Home
Specialist
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David Gonzales
Appraiser
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Brian Cervantes
Appraiser 
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