Clovis has ideas to counter rising jail costs

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on voters having said no to Curry County’s proposed gross receipts tax increase and asked, “So what should the county do to offset rising jail costs?” Some responses: “Our government should attempt to operate like any other business. When we don’t have the money, we […]

County tax issue goes down by more than 500 votes

Jack King Fifty-seven percent of Curry County voters on Tuesday rejected a request by the county commission to raise gross receipts taxes by one-eighths of one percent. The vote was 2,371 against, and 1,807 for. County Commissioner Pete Hulder, who opposed the gross receipts tax increase from the beginning, said the voters have spoken. “I […]

State’s voters head to polls

Jack King The stakes are high — and so may be the costs — of today’s special election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. so that voters can decide on two state Constitutional amendments and a proposed county gross receipts tax increase. Of the two amendments, No. 1 would create a […]

Clovis torn on gross receipts tax hike

Project: Reader reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Tuesday’s election, in which county officials are seeking a gross-receipts tax hike. Some responses: “I wouldn’t mind an increased gross receipts tax only if the extra money is used to increase the pay of our police and to recruit more police from the academy. […]

Curry County voters to decide on gross receipts tax issue

By Jack King On the ballot in Tuesday’s special election is a request by Curry County to increase gross receipts taxes collected in the county by one-eighths of one percent. County officials say the increase would generate approximately $750,000 to $800,000 and would be added to the county’s general fund to cover many types of […]

Commissioner urges gross receipts tax hike

By Jack King Saying the money is needed for unfinished business, City Commissioner Kevin Duncan called for the city to place a one-quarter of one percent gross receipts tax increase on a March ballot. Referring to a city strategic plan the commission approved in 2002, Duncan said, “There are issues this commission has had in […]

Ute project: Small towns need Clovis

Jack King Curry County representatives to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority said Wednesday smaller communities in the county cannot afford the Ute Lake water project without financial help from Clovis. The project involves building an 87-mile-long pipeline from Ute Lake near Logan to Portales. Five county representatives — Clovis Mayor David Lansford, Curry […]

Possible gross receipts tax looms for charities

Eric Butler New Mexico’s non-profit groups do not pay gross receipts taxes for commercial services or for goods sold. They’d like to keep it that way. The state’s Blue Ribbon Tax Committee meets this week to consider a series of tax proposals it will recommend to Gov. Bill Richardson. One proposal would require non-profit agencies […]

Barb Lumley qualifies for national event

CNJ STAFF Barbara Lumley of Clovis has qualified as part of a five-person team for the gross portion of the 2003 Buick Scramble National golf tournament Oct. 8-12 in Orlando, Fla. Four amateurs and a club pro comprise each team. There will be 133 teams in Orlando, with the field pared to 24 teams for […]

Budget shows increase in gross receipts revenue

By Jack King The 2004 Clovis city budget adopted Tuesday by the City Commission shows little change in expenditures from last year and is supported by an increase in gross receipts tax revenue, city officials said. “We haven’t been in this good a shape in years,” said City Manager Raymond Mondragon. Mondragon said gross receipts […]

County proposes raising gross receipts tax

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to approve an increase in gross receipts taxes to cover a county budget shortfall estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000. A majority of the commissioners approved creating an ordinance authorizing a one-eighth percent increase in county gross receipts taxes that would be placed […]

County to consider tax hike

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $200,000 shortfall in its 2002 budget and may have to increase taxes to cover it, County Manager Geneva Cooper told the commission Tuesday. To cover the shortfall, the county could increase property taxes by 1 or 2 mils of value or increase gross receipts taxes by one-eighths […]