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(A) (1) The Manager or his or her designee shall file in the office of the County Clerk any notice of property lien created by ordinance or under authority of law.
(2) The notice of lien shall include:
(a) The number of the ordinance under which the lien is established;
(b) The fact that a lien is established;
(c) The general purpose of the lien;
(d) The name of the owner of the property against which the lien is established as determined form the records of the county assessor/ clerks;
(e) The description of the property against which the lien is established;
(f) The amount of the lien; and
(g) If the lien is for more than 1 period of time, the date for which the lien is established.
(B) (1) A lien for charges or assessments including publication costs, which are provided for or fixed by any 1 ordinance or under authority of law may be included in the same notice of lien.
(2) The lien shall be attested in the name of the County Clerk under the seal of the county.
(C) The principal amount of any lien imposed for a county assessment shall bear interest at the rate of 12% per year or as provided by law from the date of filing the notice of the lien unless otherwise provided by law.
(D) After the filing of the notice of lien in the office of the County Clerk, the county shall have a lien upon the property described in the notice of lien. The filing of the notice of lien shall be valid notice of the existence of the lien and of the contents of the lien. No lien shall affect the title or rights to or in any real estate, of any purchaser, mortgagee in good faith or judgement lien creditor, without knowledge of the existence of the lien, unless the notice of the lien is filed in accordance with NMSA § 3-36-1 in the office of the County Clerk of the county in which the real estate affected thereby is situated. All county liens filed in conformity with NMSA §§ 3-36-1 et seq. and § 4-37-1 shall be first and prior liens on the property subject only to the lien of general state and county taxes. All foreclosure proceeding on delinquent liens shall follow the statutory requirements as set forth in NMSA §§ 3-36-1 et seq. and as authorized by NMSA § 4-37-1.
(E) The County Clerk may release a lien against any specific property by:
(1) Entering and signing a receipt of payment upon the notice of the lien filed in the office of the County Clerk; or
(2) Issuing a separate receipt which recites that payment of the lien with any accrued interest and penalty has been made.
(Ord. 2003-2, passed 12-17-2003)