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Payment plans available for 2015 and 2016 back taxes

Bernalillo County – Property owners with unpaid real property taxes who currently owe 2014 taxes have until June 30 before their accounts are turned over to the state of New Mexico for collections. They risk having their property sold at public auction to pay the property tax debts.


Property owners must pay their 2014 back taxes in full to avoid this.


Property owners with delinquent taxes from 2015 or 2016 can start a monthly payment plan to address their property tax debt. Property owners interested in a payment plan should contact the delinquent accounts department at, call (505) 468-7031, or visit the Treasurer’s Office at One Civic Plaza NW, Lower Level from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.


“Residents risk losing their home and face collections with the state,” says Bernalillo County Treasurer Nancy Bearce. “Becoming current or starting a payment plan will reduce the stress of past due taxes.”


In any given year, there are approximately 30,000 delinquent properties in the county. Many property owners have already established payment plans with the Treasurer’s Office.


Treasury employees hold outreach programs at community centers and senior programs throughout the county, and make contact with delinquent property owners by phone and mail. Only 450 properties were turned over to the state for collection last year, out of 4,000 potential properties.


Outreach efforts by BernCo pay off by decreasing penalties to residents. Over 99 percent of property taxes are eventually received by the county, resulting in approximately $625 million collected each year. Local government institutions that receive these funds include:


  • Bernalillo County
  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
  • Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority
  • State of New Mexico
  • University of New Mexico Hospital
  • City of Albuquerque
  • Albuquerque Public Schools


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