Antonio F. Montoya
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Rio Rancho
EDUCATION: New Mexico Certified Appraiser.
OCCUPATION: Senior Appraiser Sandoval County.
FAMILY: Spouse, Gabriela; two children.
POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: None .
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: In the last 15 years and during my working career, I have worked hard to provide for my family, being accountable and serving the public with respect and integrity.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My son graduating from Cleveland High School, my daughter that is attending Rio Rancho Middle School and my wife that is a registered nurse at Rust Medical Center.
Q: What do you consider to be the top two responsibilities of the assessor and how would you fulfill them?
A: A reappraisal study needs to be conducted, including the 46 percent that was worked on to enter data and raise taxes. The downturn of the housing market, foreclosures, spending of county funds that are not cost effective and the slow economic rebound are all factors for this study. As a full-time assessor, I will be available for taxpayers, schools, business, government agencies, staff and administration.
Q: What qualities or experiences make you a better candidate to manage the assessor’s office than your opponent?
A: Being available to direct staff with guidance and leadership is critical. I am committed to do that. Being familiar with the urban and rural areas as an appraiser, I set valuations in the areas of: residential, commercial and vacant properties countywide. With prior administrations, I assisted and/or provided reports for budgets, state certifications, analysis for reappraisals, protests and additional responsibilities geared toward policy decision-making.
Q: Are you satisfied with the reappraisal process in Sandoval County? If not, what can be done to improve in that area?
A: When residential valuations are at 85 percent or higher, reappraisals are not necessary. In the absence of the assessor, the deputy assessor that was not fully certified as an appraiser was in charge of the lead role in reappraisals. The deputy assessor’s brother is a protest tax consultant and they worked hand-in-hand to resolve protest cases. Transparency and avoiding all conflict of interest is my commitment.
Q: Do you believe the assessor’s office has done enough to educate the public about how property is evaluated and assessed, as well as other functions of the office? What would you propose?
A: Yes, improving and updating the assessor’s Internet presence and data availability to the public will continue with helpful tips for taxpayers’ benefits and exemptions, as well as mapping and computer updates as they occur. Current information educating the public will also be mailed out with the notices of valuation annually. Walk-in taxpayers with questions is another option.
Q: Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Q Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Q: Have you ever been arrested for, or charged with, or convicted of drunken driving or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, please explain.
A: Sixteen years ago, I complied with a three-month probation for a concealed weapon charge. I informed the officer that I had the weapon. Dismissed charges from the same arrest are public record.
Questions submitted by the Rio Rancho Observer were used in this questionnaire.