Assessors to speak at Lunch with Leader

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The League of Women Voters’ monthly Lunch with a Leader, an event open to the community, will be from 11:40 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 18 at Mesa Public Library. The speakers will be JoAnn Johnson, elected county assessor, and Joaquin Valdez, chief deputy assessor.
Johnson has lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. Although she was a stay at home mom until her children graduated from high school, she completed her AA degree in accounting from Northern New Mexico College and worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 15 years with the responsibility for the budget of a facilities engineering group. Since she retired in 1990, she volunteered for five years on Parks and Recreation, and this is her sixth year on the LARSO board of directors. She has served two elected terms as county assessor.
Valdez is a native New Mexican. He attended Santa Fe Community College and Northern New Mexico College. He also took numerous courses at University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and Western New Mexico University dealing in fundamentals of appraisal, commercial and residential modeling, property valuation and assessment, and tax policy.
He started his career working for the Rio Arriba County Assessor’s Office and later moved on to Santa Fe where he worked for the State of New Mexico in different positions for the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division. He came to Los Alamos in 2000, where he has worked his way up from appraiser to chief deputy assessor. He is also a small business owner.
He holds his New Mexico Certified Appraiser designation from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, Property Tax Division and holds his apprentice appraiser license from the New Mexico Real Estate Appraisers Board. He also holds his certified public official and certified public supervisor designation from the NM EDGE program. He has recently been accepted as a candidate for the certified assessment evaluator (CAE) and residential evaluation specialist (RES) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers. He is a member of the New Mexico Association of Assessing Officers and part of the association’s legislative subcommittee.
Johnson and Valdez will discuss the functions and responsibilities of the county assessor, the real estate market and property evaluation, how the valuation process works, tax payer benefits and exemptions and the protest process.
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