New food tax law causes confusion for some retailers

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer To some, the new tax law that exempts certain food items is simply confusing. For others, the Jan. 1 legislation — prepared food and hot food still carry sales tax while staple items and cold food are exempt — has been a nightmare. “The biggest problem is the retailers’ […]

Residents petition against gross receipts tax

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer County residents concerned over a proposed tax increase have taken matters into their own hands, filing a petition this week to put the tax issue to a vote. Petitioners say the public is already taxed enough and the county needs to tighten up the budget. County officials counter by […]

City tax numbers reflect growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Spurred by residential and commercial construction and heavy holiday retail sales, Clovis’ gross receipts taxes for February skied to an all-time high. The city received $1.45 million in receipt taxes from the state in February, eclipsing the previous high of $1.34 million returned in July of 2004, according to […]

ENMU students lobby legislators for projects

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University students are on a crusade to convince legislators to fund a renovation of the anthropology facility and to upgrade the lighting in the theater building. Members of the school’s five-person student lobbying committee spent time two days in Santa Fe earlier this week talking with area […]

Clovis group helps publish portions of scripture for missionaries.

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Six-year old Matthew Gross, left, helps his dad Jon Gross staple Scripture portions together Saturday at High Plains Baptist Church. Members were at the church Saturday to get a hand-on approach to helping missionaries. Eric Kluth: CNJ staff writer She cannot see, but that doesn’t stop High Plains Baptist Church […]

Economy booming in Clovis

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Updated photo of construction on the cheese plant in November of this year. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Property values in Clovis are on the rise, a surge in the residential home market has begun, gross receipts taxes made big gains, new businesses and restaurants moved into the area and one of the largest […]

Gross-receipts tax going up

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Lowe’s grocery store employee Javier Madrid, 17, left, and Assistant Manager Andrew Forrest stock the shelves Wednesday at the store. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich:CNJ staff writer Prepare to save a little money on groceries and pay a little more for just about everything else when New Mexico rings in the new year. […]

County proposing tax hike

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is poised to increase gross receipts taxes for next fiscal year. The Commission on Tuesday passed a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance that would raise gross receipts tax by .125 percent. The increase falls under a “negative referendum,” meaning the Commission does not […]

Tax increase takes effect

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Reporter Most people in a man-on-the-street poll Wednesday said they support the city of Clovis’ 1/4 of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase, which goes into effect today. The tax increase, approved by voters March 2, will fund infrastructure improvements and capital outlay purchases like fire and police equipment, city […]

Issuance of $1.3 million bond approved by county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer County Commissioners approved issuing a $1.3 million gross receipts tax revenue bond Monday to fund building an annex for the county’s adult detention center. But, County Manager Geneva Cooper said, in order to afford the bond payments — while avoiding a deficit — the commission also must pass two […]