Created: 02/07/2014 12:29 PM
By: Jorge Torres and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Bernalillo County is launching the first countywide canvass of all residential properties in 14 years.
Starting Friday and lasting for the next four years, dozens of crew members will walk around the county and assess the value of residential properties.
They'll begin in northwest Albuquerque and move their way south on a regular basis.
"This is going to be part of our routine. At the end of the day, it's about fairness, equitable, and accurate information," Bernalillo County Assessor Tanya Giddings said.
Homeowners will receive a notification by mail to alert them when field canvass crews will be in their neighborhoods. Crew members will be identified by their green vests, official county identification and by leaving yellow door hangers on properties that have been reviewed.
If nobody is home during the assessment, crews can still go into your backyard if the gate is unlocked to assess any possible changes that have been made since the last assessment that took place.
Giddings says homeowners can notify them if they don't want their home valued, but said it's in the benefit to every property owner to have a fair and equitable assessment.
More information and updates on the canvass can be found on the canvass page of the assessor's website: www.bernco.gov/assessor-office.