Commission proposing tax hike

Courtesy graphic A proposed judicial complex would create a megaplex of justice and county government facilities occupying three blocks of downtown Clovis.

Sharna Johnson

Curry County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $33 million plan that includes raising taxes to fund a new judicial complex.

Now they need voter approval.

The plan, presented by Kevin Powers of Albuquerque’s RBC Capital Markets, proposes a $16.5 million general obligation bond and .25 percent gross receipts tax increase be placed on the November General Election ballot.

The concept for the complex would create a megaplex of justice and county government facilities — including new jail facilities for men, women and juveniles — spanning a three-block tract of land between Main and Mitchell streets.

The board also approved a notice of intent to pass an ordinance to raise the gross receipts tax. Commissioners will vote on the ordinance Aug. 3 after it is published for public consideration.

“It doesn’t look like we did much, but we did take a big step this morning,” Commission Chairman Bobby Sandoval said.