Rio arriba County Treasurer's Office
Rio Arriba County Treasurer Jose Agapito Candaleria welcomes you to the web site. The County Treasurer is a constitutional officer elected for a four-year term. The County Treasurer is responsible for collecting, investing, and disbursing county funds.
The Rio Arriba County Treasurer’s office sends out approximately 40,000 real property, personal property, and mobile home tax bills annually, as well as 4000 informational Tax Bills to escrow and mortgage companies inquiring about or requesting taxpayer’s information for escrowed property taxes.
All Tax Bills are released to the public via the US Postal Service on November 1st of every year. The taxpayer is allowed two options for payment: A one time, full payment due November 10th OR half payments due November 10th and April 10th. With each payment there is a 30-day grace period before interest or penalties are accrued. Delinquent taxes are publicized in June.
The Treasurer’s office is the property tax collector for the County of Rio Arriba. As the county “banker,” the Treasurer’s office also collects money for a variety of county services, licenses, utilities, fees and revenues from bond issues and special assessments. On the advice and consent of the County Commission, acting as the board of finance, the County Treasurer supervises how public monies are invested. For the tax collection year 2011 total taxes levied were $125,307,427, with total property taxes collected of $119,738,625 for a collection rate of 96%.
As the investment officer for the county, the treasurer invests in various government agencies and certificates of deposit in excess of $250,000 collateralized through the pledging of securities. These investments are made in safe investments and the majority of investments are made through local banks in Rio Arriba County as to promote and improve the economy of Rio Arriba County and the residents there of.
In addition to collecting taxes, the County Treasurer is responsible for making distributions to the statutory beneficiaries of the county which include Chama Valley Schools, Dulce Independent Schools, Espanola Public Schools , Jemez Mountain Schools, Penasco Independent Schools, East Rio Arriba Soil and Water Conservation District, Upper Chama Soil and Water Conservation District, Cuba Soil and Water Conservation District, Presbyterian Espanola Hospital, City of Espanola and The Village of Chama
Method of Payment
Payment made with: Cash, Check, Money Orders, and Cashier’s Checks.
Make Checks payable to: Rio Arriba County Treasurer
Please include your account number or tax bill number on your checks or money orders
Penalty and Interest on Delinquent Taxes
Penalty and Interest on delinquent amounts are calculated as followed:
Interest 1% per month on delinquent tax amount only. No Maximum
Penalty 1% per month on delinquent tax amount only. 5% Maximum
For penalty and interest amounts due, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 505-753-1663.
When delinquent taxes fall on a weekend or legal county holiday, payments become delinquent at 5:00pm the following business day.
JULY 1ST OF EVERY YEAR, REAL PROPERTY THAT IS DELINQUENT FOR 3 YEARS IS REPORTED TO THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO TAXATION AND REVENUE PROPERTY TAX DIVISION. ONCE DELINQUENT TAXES ARE REPORTED A STATE COST FEE WILL BE COLLECTED AS FOLLOWS:
FOR ALL DELINQUENT TAXES FROM 2008 AND PRIOR YEARS A STATE COST FEE OF $125.00 WILL BE IMPOSED. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW (NM TAX AND REV DEPT.)
The Rio Arriba County Treasurer's Office has two physical locations:
Rio Arriba County Court House
7 Main Street
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Phone Number: (575) 588-7727 or (575) 588-7728
Fax Number: (575) 588-9302
1122 Industrial Park Rd. (ALSO MAILING)
Espanola, NM 87532
Telephone Number: (505) 753-1663
Fax Number: (505) 747-5398
Additional Mailing Address:
Rio Arriba County Treasurer
P.O Box 548
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Hours Of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Open during the lunch hour for your convenience.
Jose A. Candelaria, Rio Arriba County Treasurer
Chief Deputy Treasurer - Leo R. Marquez, II
Tierra Amarilla Staff
Treasurer Accountant - Melody N. Gomez
Accountant-Juanita D. Salazar
Administrative Assistant I - Yolanda V. Leyba
Treasurer Technician I - Gilbert J. Martinez
Cashier - Terry A. Martinez
Treasurer Technician III - Sarah Garcia
Cashier - Rosa Martinez
Cashier - Margo Garcia