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Treasurer: County not losing money

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By David Giuliani

San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is assuring the public that the county hasn’t lost any money in recent weeks because of the troubles in the nation’s financial markets.

“We don’t have any investments where we lost dollars,” Ortiz told the County Commission last week. “If anything, we get good rates of interest, better than the state’s. That’s why we stay local.”

He also told the commission that the treasurer’s office is doing well with delinquent accounts, considering the declining economy.

Ortiz reminded the public that the first half of property taxes are due Nov. 10 and that they become delinquent on Dec. 11. He said the county aims to get the tax bills out on Nov. 1 and maybe earlier.