About Laura M. Montoya
Laura M. Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012. She has been a public servant for more than 18 years, having worked in several capacities in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate, Human Services, Children, Youth & Families, and the State Treasurer’s Office.
Most relevant to the position of County Treasurer, Montoya served as the Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Douglas M. Brown. In this role, Montoya reviewed and updated the policies in the Treasurer’s office to the state standards.
She also worked with the Treasurer’s investment committee and worked directly with tribal government personnel, processing the receipt of revenues from the tribal gaming compacts. Part of her responsibility was to streamline the processes of the Treasurer’s Office. Montoya played a key role in assisting with the transition from Treasurer Douglas M. Brown to Treasurer James B. Lewis.
Montoya began her term as Sandoval County Treasurer assisting with the passage of two pieces of legislation. Montoya has served as the Legislative Chairwoman for the Treasurer’s Affiliate serving under the direction of two different Affiliate Chairs. In the past six years of her administration, Treasurer Montoya has assisted in the passage of 16 bills. Legislation has included removing tax loop holes which has saved the counties millions of dollars; assisted our Seniors and Disabled with a more efficient manner to keep their value freeze; allowed for taxpayers to “opt in” to electronic tax bills which assists in the county to be more cost effective; four bills which have helped our Veterans in several different capacities; defined “abandoned delinquent property” with the approval for Property Tax Division to allow a “Right-of-First-Offer” to Pueblos and Land Grants and on-line sales auction; and several other bills that have helped with permissible investment expansion and notification to Treasurers of Property Improvement Districts (PID’s) and Tax Incremental Development Districts (TIDD’s). (review “accomplishments” for detail on all legislation)