"To distribute the property tax burden approved by taxing authorities correctly and equitably to all taxable property, in that authority based on its value."
Mr. Gus Martinez was elected Santa Fe County Assessor in 2014, and began his four year term in office January 1, 2015. Gus began his career in the Assessor's office as an Assessment Clerk in 1997. Through dedication, professionalism and hard work, he has also held the positions of Field Auditor, Appraiser, Senior Appraiser, and Chief Residential Appraiser. Gus is a New Mexico Certified Appraiser having completed over 300 hours of appraisal courses. He is a member of both the International Association of Assessing Officers and the New Mexico Association of Assessing Officers.
Gus has been married for 18 years and has four children ranging in age from 8 to 17. He is a lifelong resident of Santa Fe whose family originated in New Mexico.
Being actively involved with his family and in the community is important to Gus. He currently serves on three non-profit boards. In 2015 he was appointed to the Young Fathers of Santa Fe, the City of Santa Fe’s Children & Youth Commission, and the Building Trades Advisory Board.
Serving as County Assessor, Gus Martinez is committed to informing the public, and providing professional, respectful, and exceptional customer service to everyone who interacts with the Assessor’s Office. Outreach to the public is also a priority for Gus. He has held over 50 outreach meetings throughout the county, making access to the office easier for constituents.
In his first twenty months in office, Assessor Martinez has implemented many improvements through the use of 21st century technology as he strives to create a model Assessor’s Office in the State. The office has updated their website to include a live chat feature, electronic protest filing, links to Assessor’s social media pages, instructional videos, a parcel map research tool, and much more.
In September, 2016 Mr. Martinez and his office was recognized by the International Association of Assessing Officers as the recipient of the 2016 Public Information Program Award. The award recognizes an assessment jurisdiction that has developed and implemented an effective way to disseminate information about the assessment process. Out of 83 nominees, the Office of the Santa Fe County Assessor received this award for how well they connect with the community online and in-person to ensure all constituents have easy access to information.