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December 2014 Volume 5 • Issue 12

Important Meeting dates to remember:

Bernalillo County Commission Administrative Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5 p.m.

County Planning Commission
First Wednesday of month
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.

Zoning Administrative Hearing
Second Tuesday of month
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers in
the basement of the City/County Government Bldg.
One Civic Plaza, Fifth Street and Marquette NW downtown


County offices will be closed Christmas Eve Day, Wednesday, Dec. 24,
and Christmas Day , Thursday, Dec. 25; and New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015


Prepare for Winter’s Worst Weather Conditions with Bernalillo County’s Help

When bad weather hits our area this winter, visit the home page for

notifications on conditions direct from our crews who are actually on the roads; as well

as, a web page dedicated to providing residents with tips

on road closures; winter weather safety; and links to city, county and state road condition


A downloadable and printable version of our Winter Emergency Road and Winter

Operation Procedures is also available on the Winter Roads webpage. This brochure

includes the county’s priorities for winter snow removal, information on diversion of

traffic during inclement weather, and preparation tips for both being on the road and at


For up-to-the minute status reports on Bernalillo County roads, sign up for Nixle, the

county’s alert system, by visiting, or by calling (505) 848-1503. This is

also the number to call to submit an unincorporated Bernalillo County road repair or

maintenance request. You can also register for county emergency notifications by visiting

To access city road status reports, or to submit a city road request within the Albuquerque city limits, dial 311.

For information on state roads across New Mexico, including interstates and major

roads, the State of New Mexico’s Department of Transportation has several ways to

access information. The Road Advisory Hotline is available 24/7 by calling 511. You

can also visit for an interactive map of road conditions and to sign

up for email/text alerts, or download the mobile app at

Need Assistance or Resources? Contact Neighborhood Coordination Specialist Darrell Dady at (505) 468-7364 or at

Board of County Commissioners

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

City/County Government Bldg.

One Civic Plaza NW, 10th Floor

(505) 468-7000

Bernalillo County, We’re more than you think.

BernCo Commission Approves Incentives for a New Downtown Grocery Store, Apartments,

Project to create 62 full-time jobs, 150 construction jobs

At its Nov. 18, 2014 meeting, the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, approved an

$11.3 million industrial revenue bond package for a Downtown mixed-use development

including new apartments and a grocery store at Silver and Second Street SW.

The bonds are privately financed and allow the developer, UR 205 Silver, to exempt

property taxes.

The project will create 62 full-time jobs and 150 construction jobs, as well as a new

grocery store and 68 mixed-income housing units.

This project is part of a Downtown Albuquerque revitalization effort in which Bernalillo

County is participating to help better serve our community. Earlier in November,

BernCo officials and other community leaders cut the ribbon on the nearby Silver

Moon Lodge Apartments, which features 151 affordable apartments with amenities.

Since 2010, the Bernalillo County Commission has supported projects that have created

more than 1,800 new jobs and nearly $200 million in new private investment activity.

Bernalillo County Assessor Reminds Veterans of Tax Exemptions

Bernalillo County Assessor Tanya R. Giddings wants to remind all veterans living in

the county that they can apply for a veteran tax exemption that can help reduce their

property taxes. Any Bernalillo County veteran who served a minimum of 90 days consecutive

active duty days (other than for training), was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of

New Mexico qualifies for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property

for Bernalillo County taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to non-remarried

surviving spouses of a veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit.

There is also a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption available to

any veteran who has been rated at 100 percent service-connected disabled by the U.S.

Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a legal resident of New Mexico. This exemption

qualifies for a complete 100 percent property tax waiver on their primary residence.

State law requires that veterans apply for these exemptions within 30 days of the

mailing of the Notice of Value, which is typically mailed out April 1 in order to receive

the exemption for the current tax year; otherwise the exemption will be applied for the

following tax year. Veterans can apply now for the exemption and see it reflected in next

year’s tax bill. Please visit the assessor’s website for additional information and to find the

applications at


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

Call (505) 848-1503 or (505) 848-1504. You can also send an E-mail to


Answers To Your Zoning, Building & Planning Questions

Q: How do I apply for a zone change?

A: A change in zoning is called “rezoning”.

Rezoning changes often involve changing a parcel or parcels of land from

one land use qualification to another land use (i.e. from retail use to restaurant use,

agricultural use to light industrial, or low-density to high-density).

To proceed with the application process, the applicant must:

1. Submit an application and pay any accompanying fees.

2. Provide notice to all nearby property owners.

3. Attend a public hearing to present your case. This gives both you

and your neighbors the opportunity to share any objections or

concerns. Most people seeking a rezoning retain an experienced

agent to assist them. The likelihood of success varies based on the

facts and circumstances of each case.


BernCo Public Works – South Valley Construction Projects Update

For information about the South Valley projects still in progress, visit You can also follow Bernalillo County on Facebook and Twitter .

The Isleta/Rio Bravo Boulevard intersection construction project is on schedule to be completed

by the end of December.

Follow Bernalillo County on Facebook and Twitter to get project updates and alerts as they

happen, or visit for more information.

Please remember to drive slowly through construction zones.


Check out the FREE comprehensive calendar and website at ABQtodo.

To learn more go to

Register your business or non-profit, or join the artists directory, by going to


BernCo Treasurer’s Office Kicks Off 2014 Property Tax Collection Season

Treasurer Manny Ortiz recently announced that 12 area banks and credit unions are again

participating in this year’s property tax collection season as part of his effort to expand

options for residents to pay their tax bills. Residents can also pay their taxes by mail, online

or by simply coming into the Treasurer’s Office in person in the basement of the City/

County Building at One Civic Plaza NW. For more information, call (505) 468-7031.

• Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

• Peoples Bank

• U.S. Bank

• Rio Grande Credit Union

• Bank of Albuquerque

• NM Bank & Trust

• First Financial Credit Union

• U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union

• My Bank

• State Employees Credit Union

• Bank of the Rio Grande

• Sunrise Bank of Albuquerque


Don’t Miss these Special Holiday Luminaria Walking Tour Events!

Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. — Enjoy the South Valley MainStreet Holiday Celebration being held at Gateway Park, Bridge and Isleta SW.

You’ll hear holiday favorites performed by the mariachi group Severo y Grupo Fuego,
as you enjoy walking the luminaria-lined pathways while enjoying free refreshments.

Call (505) 217-2484 for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Don’t the miss the Ninth Annual Acequia of Lights while enjoying free refreshments and caroling. Your walk begins behind the Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco Drive SW (at Sunset Gardens) and ends at Five Points Road SW.

The event is sponsored by the Vecinos del Bosque Neighborhood Association, Holy Family Church, Partnership for Community Action and Valle Vista Elementary School.

Call (505) 681-3600 or (505) 550-5604 for more details.


BernCo Bernie Book Coming Soon!

“The Adventures of BernCo Bernie,” scheduled for publication in early 2015, will chronicle the adventures of Bernalillo County Open Space’s official spokes-sheep.

The colorfully illustrated bilingual book will be aimed toward students in kindergarten through third grade and will focus on educating young people about the importance of preserving the county’s Open Spaces.

BernCo Cultural Services and Neighborhood Coordination wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

We’ll see you again in 2015.