New Mexico tells some land owners to pay $10K to access land
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Some landowners in a small, northern New Mexico town are being forced to pay a $10,000 permit from the state to access their property.
The Las Vegas Optic reports the New Mexico State Land Office recently posted signs outside of Ribera, New Mexico, that informing some property owners they would need to purchase an easement to drive on a road sitting on state trust land. Owners need to drive on that road to reach their property.
Property owner Henry Ortiz, whose family has used the road for decades, says there are around eight people who own land that is accessible only by the road.
Kenny Baca with the State Land Office told the Optic that anybody who uses state trust land must have some type of permit or easement.
Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com