Lethgo seeks to retain his position

October 14, 2010 • Local News

Chaves County’s assessor says the focus of his campaign for reelection is the experience and knowledge he brings to the office. Ron Lethgo has nearly 30 years of experience in the assessor’s office, beginning as an appraiser and later working as the chief appraiser. He touts recent improvements to the office, such as updating the assessor’s website and digitizing more than 200,000 property record cards, as reasons voters should support [auth] him in November.

“I want to continue to provide the same level of service to the citizens of Chaves County,” he said.

“We will continue to try to move forward by continuing to upgrade our system.” More recently, Lethgo was named the chairman of the New Mexico Association of Counties Property Tax Task Force, where he says solving the issue of tax lighting — in which new home buyers experience a dramatic increase in tax burdens because new homes are no longer protected by a 3 percent cap — will be the group’s primary focus.

“I clearly demonstrate that I’m responsive to (my constituents’) needs,” he said. Lethgo said he was honored that the state’s Property Tax Division described the state of the Chaves County assessor’s office as “exemplary.”

“I am very proud of the comment,” Lethgo said. “It is an objective opinion by an outside agency that says to the citizens of Chaves County that we are doing a good job. I want to provide the same high quality service that the taxpayers expect and deserve for the next four years if re-elected.” The job of the county assessor is to determine how much residents will pay in property taxes.

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