This Curry County Commission met Wednesday. Here is a report on the meeting:
• County commissioners approved a letter of support for a race track and casino in Quay County.
Quay County Gaming Authority Executive Director Warren Frost said the county is competing with Raton and the Pojoaque Pueblo in Santa Fe for the last horse racing license in the state.
He said the race track would create about 300 full-time jobs and 200 more during racing season. The race track will also have a casino with as many as 700 slot machines.
He said the state racing commission will hold a public meeting July 24 in Tucumcari Convention Center. He expects a decision from the commission by late August or early September.
• The sheriff’s department is in the market for another drug-detection dog after returning the one it received a week ago.
Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said veterinarian discovered the 21 month-old German shepherd had a case of heartworm. He said the aliment was unacceptable, according to the purchase agreement.
The $6,500 fee for the dog, which had not been paid yet, would have come from the District Attorney’s Office.
• County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners he felt a county ordinance against open flames was not needed because of a state statute restricting open flames was in place. Curry County commissioners abandoned a fire ban ordinance proposed May.
• Pyle said the county recouped nearly $400,000 in property tax distributions in the April. Pyle said the county subtracted the amount it overpaid the recipients from the April property tax distribution checks.
Incorrect tax rates were input into the system in November by the treasurer’s office, according to Chief Deputy Treasurer Bernice Baker. She said the error covered November through March.
Recipients that were overpaid include Clovis, Texico, Melrose, and Grady municipal schools, the city of Clovis, the state and Clovis Community College.
— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Gabe Monte