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Council Tentatively Approves Assessors Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:57pm

Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Asesssor Joaquin Valdez, left, and Assessor Ken Milder discuss their budget as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously to tentatively approve the budget for the County Assessor’s Office Monday night during the budget hearing.

They also tentatively approved the $57, 669 budget ad-on to double fill the Chief Deputy Assessor position. Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez is retiring but due to sick leave and vacation time he still be on payroll but the office will need to hire a new deputy.

In County Assessor Ken Milder’s presentation, budget highlights included:

  • The FY20 Proposed Budget will assure the functions and the responsibilities of the County Assessor are met in accordance with the Property Tax Code.
  • Increases to the General Fund are attributed to salaries, employee benefits, and interfund services (vehicle maintenance and general insurance). Chief Deputy Assessor position vacated by the current employee due to retirement. Mandatory expense submitted as budget option.
  • The Property Valuation Fund saw a decrease.  Included in the budget are expenses for additional equipment for the UAV (GPS repeaters and batteries). Expense charged to the PVF will exceed revenue.  The fund, however, can absorb the in balance.