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‘Tis the season to pay your property tax bill

Season’s greetings: Check your mailbox for … your property tax bill!

The Bernalillo County Treasurer’s Office is scheduled to mail out the bills – all 275,000-plus of them – on Monday.

As some of you surely noticed, that is later than usual – about six weeks later than usual.

The delay was not an accident but rather the result of a new state law that allowed school districts to put mill levy questions on the November Regular Local Election ballot. Albuquerque Public Schools did just that this year, asking voters on Nov. 5 to approve a $190 million mill levy.

The county could not calculate tax bills until it knew the outcome of the election, which altered the standard distribution schedule.

Under this year’s timeline, the bills will go out Monday. The first half is due Dec. 19. However, property owners have until Jan. 19, 2020, to pay the first half before they start accruing late penalties and interest.

The Treasurer’s Office will also make bills available online Monday.

Dennis Chavez, compliance officer for County Treasurer Nancy Bearce, said the office has fielded many calls and emails about the change. The office has put a notice on its website and put an explanation of the change in the recorded message people hear when calling the office’s main line.

He said the office will also run public service announcements this week.

The delay does not affect those who pay their taxes via monthly payment plans or through their mortgage company, according to the county.

Chavez said the county is urging residents to check with their tax adviser about possible tax implications from the change.

FREE CHIPS: Is your favorite furry friend microchipped? If not, Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department will do it for free this week at its Eastside and Westside shelters.

The service is available from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at either location from Tuesday through Sunday.

The city has been offering free chips on a monthly basis since the summer. The service would typically cost $15.

Jessica Dyer: jdyer@abqjournal.com

 

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