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BERNALILLOBernCo Property Notices of Value Mailed May 1

Protest period runs from May 1 – May 30

If you own a home in Bernalillo County, you will be receiving a Notice of Value

(NOV) from the County Assessor’s Office this month. The NOV contains

information regarding your property’s value, and it’s important that you open and

read it right away.

The Assessor’s Office mails NOV’s to homeowners every spring informing them of

what their property is valued at for the year. It is this assessment that the Bernalillo

County Treasurer’s Office uses to calculate property tax bills, which are mailed out

in the fall. This year your NOV will also contain an insert that explains how your

property assessment is used to calculate your tax bill.

If you have any questions or concerns about your NOV, it’s important that you

contact the County Assessor’s Office immediately. That’s because state law only gives

property owners 30 days to protest their NOV’s from the date they were mailed. This

year the protest period is from May 1 through May 30. Protest forms are available

for pickup at the Assessor’s Office or on the Assessor’s website at www.bernco.gov/

assessor-office. If you have additional questions, please call the Assessor’s Office at

(505) 222-3700.

Assessor Tanya Giddings has also ordered an extensive public outreach program

during the month of May to help property owners through the NOV process. This

includes mobile office hours across the county and weekend hours at the Assessor’s

Office. You can find a full schedule on the Assessor’s website.

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Need Assistance or Resources?

Contact Neighborhood Coordination Specialist Darrell Dady at (505) 468-7364

or at ddady@bernco.gov.

Bernalillo County – We’re more than you think

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Voter Registration Info for the 2014 Primary Election

The County Clerk’s office wants to remind eligible citizens to register to vote and update

your registration. It’s easy and can be done at their office at One Civic Plaza, NW,

Sixth Floor, through the state Motor Vehicle Division, or any library in the state. The

deadline to register to vote in the 2014 Primary Election is May 6, 2014 by 5 p.m.

If you have moved recently, please update your voter registration. A new address may

indicate a new voting district for federal, state or local offices. For more information

please call 243-VOTE (8683).

Please note that the Primary Election on June 3 is a “closed” primary election, meaning

only registered Democrats and Republicans may participate. If you wish to update

your party registration, please fill out a new voter registration form and turn in by the

deadline noted above.

Vote Early

In-Person Absentee (Early) Voting will begin at the Clerk’s Annex at 111 Union Square

Street, SE on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 8 am to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Eighteen additional My Vote Center sites will open on Saturday, May 17, 2014 through

May 31, 2014. The hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through

Saturday.

Vote by Mail

The first day Absentee Ballots can be mailed out is Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Absentee

Applications are now being accepted. You must be a registered Democrat or Republican

voter and complete an Absentee Ballot application which is available on-line at www.

bernco.gov/myvotecenter. You can also request an application by calling (505)

243-VOTE (8683). Once the form is successfully completed, a ballot will be mailed to

you.

Vote on Election Day

On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 69 My Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To

find the closest My Vote Center, please visit www.bernco.gov/myvotecenter or call

505-243-VOTE (8683).

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Board of Commissioners and County Manager’s Office contact info

Debbie O’Malley, Chair, Dist. 1

Art De La Cruz, Vice Chair, Dist. 2

Maggie Hart Stebbins, Member, Dist. 3

Lonnie C. Talbert, Member, Dist. 4

Wayne A. Johnson, Member, Dist. 5

Tom Zdunek, County Manager

One Civic Plaza NW

10th Floor

Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 468-7000

www.bernco.gov

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Check out the FREE comprehensive calendar and website ABQtodo. To learn more go to www.abqtodo.com

Register your business or nonprofit, or join the artists directory by going to register.ABQtodo.com

You can also visit www.bernco.gov/myvoterinformation to download a sample ballot and locate the closest My Vote

Center to your home, school or workplace.

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BERNCO Public Works Updates

North Valley Library is Now Open

The North Valley Library reopened to the public on April 15 following nine months

of renovations and repairs that were needed as result of the fire that occurred in

July 2013. A grand re-opening event is scheduled for Friday, May 2.

Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;

Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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BERNCO Parks and Rec News

BernCo Park Watch Program Becomes a Reality

Bernalillo County is looking for community volunteers to help protect our outstanding

parks and Open Spaces, from the mountains to the valley.

Bernalillo County’s Park Watch Program is a community-based initiative designed to

develop an increased sense of awareness and responsibility of the Bernalillo County

park system, which includes 53 parks and 12 Open Spaces.

The Park Watch program will rely on volunteers from the community to be the eyes and

ears of the park system to ensure our parks remain safe.

Participants will work closely with the Bernalillo County Sheriff ’s Department and a

Park Watch coordinator to enhance the level of communication between Bernalillo

County and its citizens. Park Watch volunteers are responsible for observing and

reporting any unlawful activity to the appropriate authorities.

Under no circumstances should Park Watch volunteers confront individuals or

intervene in any situation that may pose a risk. That is the responsibility of the

Bernalillo County Sheriff ’s Department.

To get involved in the Park Watch Program, please contact Darrell Dady at (505)

468-7364 or at ddady@bernco.gov. To report suspicious activity, please contact the

Bernalillo County Contact Center at (505) 468-7777. For emergencies, please call 911.

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May is National Building Safety Month

Founded by the International Code Council (ICC), Building Safety Month is

celebrated worldwide during the month of May.

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help

individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain

safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of

modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement

and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

The campaign is presented by the ICC and its 57,000 members, including

Bernalillo County, along with a diverse partnership worldwide of professionals

from the building construction, design and safety community. Corporations,

government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come

together to support Building Safety Month because they understand the need for

safe and sustainable structures where we live, work and play.

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BernCo Public Works Hotline #’s are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Call 848-1503 or 848-1504 or send an e-mail to contactcenter@bernco.gov

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Come experience Bernalillo county in the Tour del Bosque Saturday, May 10, 2014

This is a FREE event! All activities take place at public venues and facilities that are open

to the community throughout the year.

For more information, go to www.bernco.gov/tourdelbosque

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Important Info & Advice on How to Avoid West Nile virus this Summer

• Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

• When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.

• Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn, or consider

avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside.

• Use your air conditioning when available.

• Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing

water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded

tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

Most people (70-80 percent) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop

any symptoms. Less than one percent of people who are infected will develop a serious

neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or

surrounding tissues).

• People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and

kidney disease are also at greater risk for serious illness.

• About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile

virus will die.

Treatment

• No vaccine or antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infections are available.

For more information, contact the Bernalillo County Health Protection Team at

(505) 314-0310.

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News from the Bernalillo County Arts Board

Winners Announced

The Bernalillo County Arts Board selected six photographs

for purchase from Albuquerque high school students in the

Focus in Youth 2014 Juried Student Exhibition. At the awards

ceremony on May 3 at 2 p.m., each student will receive a

Bernalillo County Annual Purchase Award certificate and

a check for $250. The photographs will become part of the

permanent public art collection and will be on display in

county facilities. The Focus on Youth Art Show is on display

from May 4 through June 8 at the Albuquerque Museum.

THE 2014 WINNERS ARE:

Brooke Bohannon, Manzano High School

Kayla Noriega, Cibola High School

Virginia Whittfield, Manzano High School

Devon Dotson, Sandia High School

Kelly Hughes, Albuquerque Academy

Katherine Haynes, Sandia High School

Bernalillo County – We’re more than you think