United Way open house is today

CNJ STAFF REPORT CNJ STAFF REPORT The Clovis/Curry County United Way has completed the 2003 campaign drive and will hold an open house today to celebrate the results. The event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the organization’s offices on 105 E. Grand, will include cookies and light refreshments. Executive Director […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

Ute Water Project comes under heated debate

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission gave first approval Thursday to an ordinance authorizing a one quarter of a percent increase in the city’s gross receipts tax to fund city infrastructure improvements and Clovis’ participation in the Ute Water Project — but not without some sharp debate. The ordinance must receive final approval in […]

How about better management of tax dollars

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on a proposed sales-tax increase to fund the Ute Water pipeline project and other Clovis infrastructure needs. Some responses: “Every time a government official has a challenge, his immediate solution to the problem is to throw money at it. Of course there are no funds […]

School board sends $5 million bond issue to voters

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Municipal School Board voted Monday night to ask voters to approve a $5 million bond issue for building projects that could lead to additional state matching grants of more than $5.7 million. The proposal would require a Feb. 3 vote, but school officials and bond consultants said it shouldn’t require […]

Gross receipts for growth

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford addresses members of the Clovis community about the city’s need for a 0.25 percent gross receipts tax during Wednesday’s “Gearing Up For Growth” press conference at city hall. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King A one-quarter of a percent gross receipts tax increase would help pay for the cost […]

Agreement made: No increase in water rates

By Jack King New Mexico American Water Company has reached an agreement with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to drop its request to increase Clovis water rates this year. City Attorney Dave Richards told the city commissioners on Thursday the company may file another rate case next year. Under the agreement, New Mexico American […]

The state’s blue ribbon tax committee has a long list of recommendations

The Associated Press Summaries of tax commission recommendations The Associated Press Here is a list of recommendations approved by the Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission: —Expand tax rebate for lower income New Mexicans and increase personal exemption for lower and middle income taxpayers. Reduce revenue by $45 million. —Phase out capital gains deduction for upper […]

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 […]