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Art Purchase Meeting Notice from Art in Public Places of New Mexico Arts for Socorro County

posted Apr 29, 2016, 2:07 PM by Michael A. Hawkes

This meeting is in regards to Socorro County selection of public artworks for buildings with qualifying 1% Public Art State funds. The meeting will be held on 5/3/2016 from 4 to 5 PM at the Socorro County Annex Building located at 198 Neel Avenue in Socorro. The meeting is open to the public. Art will be discussed and selected for the Socorro County Annex Building and Road Department Building.

A copy of the meeting agenda will be available 72 hours prior to the meeting. Contact AIPP staff, at New Mexico Arts, 407 Galisteo St, Ste. 270, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2834, (505) 827-6490.

New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, is the state arts agency. New Mexico Arts administers the state’s One Percent for Public Art program, awards grants to nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural programs in their communities across the state, and provides technical assistance and educational opportunities for organizations, artists, and arts educators throughout New Mexico.

Community Forum-Tonight, April 28th @5:30PM-County Annex Building

posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:56 PM by Executive Assistant

This is a reminder of the next Community Forum/Community Coordinated Response Team* which will be held this Thursday April 28th @ 5:30pm at the Socorro County Annex building (198 Neel Ave. Next to Bhasker Medical Clinic)

We have had several community members working on some great projects in moving forward with the needs of Socorro. If you have any updates from the groups you participated in from last meeting, please bring your ideas, accomplishments etc. to this meeting.
I know law enforcement has already began to crack down on the drug activity here and we have grants in the process for a detox facility/sober living.
I have been approached with a number of ideas and most of this is a short term process to get "things" moving.

The input of you all is very important in moving forward for SOLUTIONS for Socorro. This will allow us to see some real things happen rather than just talking about it. As each of the goals are met, we go through the process again and vote on the next goal.

Thanks for your dedication and commitment.  We need all of your support and ideas to be the change we want to see in Socorro. We are going to see solutions happen in our town!

*The Socorro County Community Alternatives Program is hosting the Coordinated Community Response Team/Community Forum meetings to bring together individuals and agencies in Socorro. The CCRT/Community Forum will increase the resources available to the community and creating a seamless, sustainable, and effective response to issues within our community.

May 10th Deadline to Register to Vote

posted Apr 27, 2016, 10:27 AM by Michael A. Hawkes

The last day for eligible New Mexicans to register to vote in the state's June 7 primary election is May 10. Secretary of State Brad Winter is encouraging eligible voters to register prior to the deadline, after which county clerks finalize their voter rolls for New Mexico's closed primary election. Registered Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for the November general election. 

Thanks to a new online voter registration system approved by the Legislature and developed by the Office of the Secretary of State, eligible citizens with a current or expired New Mexico driver's license or state ID can submit or update their voter registration from the web by visiting the Online Voter Registration page on the Secretary of State's website, according to a news release from the office. The online system is available in both English and Spanish and is accessible to applicants with visual impairments. 

Eligible New Mexicans can also register in person at any Motor Vehicle Division office or county clerk's office. Voters may also call the Secretary of State at 505­827-­3600 and request a voter registration form be mailed to them. The secretary has also developed guidelines for eligible 17-year-­olds to participate in this year's primary election. The online voter registration system and more information about the 2016 primary and General Elections, as well as 17-year­-old eligibility, can be found at

Sunshine Laws Training- Friday, April 22nd @10:30AM-County Annex Building

posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:37 PM by Executive Assistant

April 11, 2016
Dear Fellow New Mexican:
The Office of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is conducting two educational workshops in Socorro, on Friday, April 22, 2016. The purpose of the workshops is to educate and assist you and your office about your duties and the rights of the public under New Mexico’s Sunshine laws, the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act. The workshops are provided to interested members of local governments, members of boards and commissions, and the general public.
“Sunshine Laws” training:
April 22, 2016
10:30am – 12:30pm
City of Socorro
Socorro County Annex Building, Commission Room
198 Neel Avenue, Socorro, New Mexico 87801
Though the training is offered at NO CHARGE, we do ask that you RSVP to
La Verne Roller at or by telephone at (505)-827-6070.
You are cordially invited to attend these presentations; please extend the invitation to others who may benefit from learning and understanding New Mexico’s “Sunshine Laws.”
Tania Maestas
Deputy Attorney General
for Civil Affairs Division

Press Release Update to Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:23 PM by Executive Assistant

Press release


Contact: Delilah Walsh, County Manager (575-835-0589)

Date:      April 11, 2016

Subject:  Socorro

Socorro NM – Socorro County, the City of Socorro, the Village of Magdalena, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District are pleased to announce that the Update to Socorro County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is complete and ready for public review and comment. 

The five agencies have set about the task of identifying the hazards that can affect our community, then identifying and implementing actions to lessen or eliminate their impacts.  Natural hazards include events such as flash floods, severe storms, drought, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions threaten our community.  The Mitigation Plan has been in effect since 2011and the update can be reviewed online at:

Your feedback and comments are a crucial aspect in assuring this Plan is truly a product of the community it seeks to protect.  Please attend a public meeting or respond with an email to the plan update contractor at

The meetings are scheduled at 11:30 AM, and 6:30 PM, Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Socorro County Annex Building, 198 Neel Avenue, Socorro, New Mexico.

Notice of Values have been Mailed - Protest Deadline is April 30th

posted Mar 31, 2016, 10:34 AM by Michael A. Hawkes

Socorro County Assessor Henry Jojola and his staff have mailed several thousand notices of taxable property valuations (NOVs) to county taxpayers. If you have not received your NOV by the third week in April, please contact the Assessor’s office at 575.835.0714.

Assessor Jojola emphasized that the notices are not tax bills, but they reflect the taxable value of property based on current staff appraisals. "The value is what we use to calculate property taxes in October," Jojola said. A homeowner can compare the NOV with a prior-year figure to determine the amount of anticipated property taxes.

The deadline to file for an exemption or to contest a value is April 30th. "Statutorily we are very limited in what we can change at the end of the year when a landowner receives their tax bill, in many cases our hands are tied and the only recourse is for a landowner to file a dispute with District Court." he said. This is both costly and time consuming for a landowner and the County.

Owners may also be eligible for tax exemptions, which decrease your tax obligation, but those must be filed by the deadline. Property owners can find all paperwork needed by calling the Assessor’s office of visiting us online at

There are some important things to know about your 2016 NOV:
· Check to make sure that all information is correct.
    Name(s) and Mailing Address
    Physical Address
    Legal Description
· Assessed Value is what we have your property valued at for tax purposes only.
· Taxable Value is 1/3 of your assessed value. This value is used to calculate your property taxes.
· The bottom of the NOV contains a ‘fill in the blank’ formula that you can use to calculate your estimated 2016 taxes.

net taxable value x 2015 mill rate* = 2016 ESTIMATED tax
*Sample Mill Rate 32.000. Convert mill rate = .032000

· There is a box on the bottom right of the page of your NOV that contains:
    2016 Assessed Value
    Total Taxable Value
    Any exemptions that are being claimed on your property
· Please compare 2016 taxable value to 2015 taxable value on the lower left hand side of the document.
· Any changes regarding your value must be done by April 30th!!! This is the value that will be used to calculate your 2016 taxes. After this date the value CANNOT be changed until 2017.

Trinity Site Open to Visitors on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

posted Mar 29, 2016, 10:27 AM by Michael A. Hawkes

The Trinity Site on White Sands Missile Range will be open Saturday, April 2nd. You can access the Stallion Gate in Socorro County, just east of San Antonio, NM

Stallion Gate Hours: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Trinity site closes promptly at 3:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For more details click on the information links/short videos below
or contact the WSMR Public Affairs Office at 575-678-1134.

BBQ Event for National County Government Month 04/26 from 12-4

posted Mar 28, 2016, 10:46 AM by Executive Assistant


12:00 pm—4:00 pm




All County Offices will have staff present to answer questions or provide information. Visitors 
will have a chance to get a close-up look at some of the tools and equipment we use to keep our 
County safe and secure.

Notice of Public Meeting on Agency Plan 03/30 @10:00AM

posted Mar 28, 2016, 10:36 AM by Executive Assistant

The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires the El Camino Real Housing Authority to prepare an Annual Plan covering operation of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Programs. On March 30, 2016 at 10:00AM the El Camino Real Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the Housing Authority's Annual Plan. The meeting will take place at the main office of the El Camino Real Housing Authority, located at 301 Otero Avenue, Socorro, NM 87801.

The draft plan and all supporting documentation are available to the public for viewing at the Administration Office of the Housing Authority located at 301 Otero Socorro, NM 87801 between the hours of 10:00AM and 11:30AM. 

Public Hearing-April 12th-Revising Personnel Policy Ordinance

posted Mar 23, 2016, 3:05 PM by Executive Assistant

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10:00 A.M., in a regular meeting at the Socorro County Annex Building, 198 Neel, Socorro, NM, the Board of County Commissioners of Socorro County will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of adopting Personnel Policy Ordinance, Number 2016-002. The Board of Commissioners may vote to enact the Ordinance during the meeting following the public hearing.  The purpose of the Personnel Policy Ordinance is to revise and replace current personnel policies.  The Ordinance will establish consistent, basic policies and practices concerning relations between Socorro County and its employees. This Personnel Policy Ordinance establishes a pre-disciplinary process and a formal grievance procedure available to regular employees to hear their grievances with respect to improper promotions, demotions, terminations and suspensions, and provide the method by which a personnel hearing officer is chosen to hear formal grievances. The Ordinance establishes employee benefits and obligations and also provides a policy for drug testing to insure a drug and alcohol free working environment. Provisions of the Personnel Policy Ordinance shall apply to all County employees except as provided within the Ordinance.  This Ordinance will also repeal and replace the all former and current Personnel Policies, including Socorro County Ordinances 2013-001, 2014-004, 2014-006, 2015-001 and 2015-003


Copies of the proposed Ordinance are available for the public to view free of charge at the County Clerk’s Office, at the County Manager’s Office or online at  Copies of the proposed Ordinance may be purchased by the public from either office for $21.00 (one sided pages) or $18.00 (two sided pages).



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