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Assessor's Important Dates
- January 1st: January 1 of each year is the date which determines the tax status of all property subject to valuation for property taxation purposes, except livestock valued as of the date and in the manner prescribed under Section 7-36-21 NMSA 1978. This status includes determination of whether the property is exempt from property taxation. Therefore, if property is not entitled to exemption from property taxation under the Property Tax Code on January 1 of the tax year, it is not exempted from taxation for that tax year. The sale or transfer of the property to a tax exempt owner at a later date during the tax year does not entitle the property to exemption for that tax year.
- February 28th: Deadline for submitting an application for property tax exemption of charitable, educational, church, and affordable housing properties.
- April 1st: Deadline for County Assessors to mail an official Notice of Value to Property owners. The Assessor has the discretion to mail the Notice of Value between January 1 and April 1 of each year, and may mail the notice later than April 1 if approved by the State Property Tax Director.
- Thirty (30) days from mail date of Notice of Value: Deadline for filing a protest petition, claiming Head of Family and Veteran’s exemptions, and application for a special method of valuation for agricultural or grazing property.
- June 15th: Deadline for County Assessors to certify the County net taxable values to the State Department of Finance and Administration (DFA).
- August 1st: Department of Taxation and Revenue certifies the final Net Taxable Values to the Department of Finance and Administration for setting tax rates.
- September 1st: Deadline for Department of Finance and Administration to set tax rates. Board of County Commissioners imposes tax rates within 5 working days of receipt from DFA.
- September 15th: Deadline to submit for changes to mailing addresses for current year tax bill. (Submit to Assessor’s Office not Treasurer’s Office.)
- October 1st: Deadline for Assessor to deliver property tax schedule to County Treasurer for the current tax year.
- October 1st: Deadline for Assessor to deliver abstract of the information contained in the property tax schedules to the Property Tax Department and the County Treasurer.
- November 1st: Tax bills mailed to property owners by County Treasurer.
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Notice of Valuation
Pursuant to 3 NMAC 6 (7-38-20) County Assessor's offices are required to mail out Notices of Valuation by April 1 of every year. The notice is mailed out to each property owner informing the owner of the net taxable value of their property which has been valued for property taxation purposes by the assessor.
This is not the tax bill
The Notice of Value provides the property owner the opportunity to ensure that the ownership and property information is correct as well as claiming either the Head-of-Family or Veteran exemptions. The Notice also explains the procedures for filing a valuation protest if a property owner disagrees with the assessed value as set by the County Assessor's office.
If you have further questions, please go to our FAQ section or Contact section.
Tax Rate Information
Santa Fe County is separated into four school/tax districts. The school districts are identified as: Moriarty, Santa Fe, Pojoaque, and Espanola. If you live in the Cities of Santa Fe and Espanola, you pay a mill rate to fund municipal operational and debt service while still inside the Santa Fe or Espanola school districts.
According to Article VIII, Section 1 of the New Mexico Constitution: "The percentage of values against which tax rates are assessed shall not exceed thirty-three and one third percent." All properties in Santa Fe County are taxed at a third of their market value. For example, a single residence assessed at $150,000 has a net taxable value of $50,000. Certain exemptions maybe deducted from the taxable value. Please see our FAQ section for "Claiming of Exemptions".
State of New Mexico Property Tax Code Laws