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. […]

Amendment answers lie in the past

Clint Harden After serving as the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s Department of Labor for eight years and now as the State Senator for District Seven, I have crisscrossed this state talking and listening to hundreds if not thousands of New Mexicans. What I have heard is the top priorities of the state are water, […]

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 […]

City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. […]

Tax-Free Days deemed success

By Gary Mitchell North Plains Mall merchants say they were pleased with the turnout to their version of the Texas tax-free weekend shopping spree. “It was wonderful,” said North Plains Mall manager Cindy Banister. “All four of our major department stores here were very pleased with the weekend sales. The customer traffic was great all […]

Readers not dry when it comes to water-saving tips

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com New Mexico-American Water Company officials have asked customers to reduce water use for the next several weeks. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked […]

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 […]

Milk truck decals to tout university

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Milk has a reputation of promoting healthy teeth and bones. The dairy product will also promote Eastern New Mexico University in the near future. About 100 new milk trucks to arrive at Milk Transport Services in Portales are slated to bear a large green decal that reads: “Got College? Eastern […]

Water company to seek rate increase

By Jack King New Mexico American Water has asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to grant it a rate increase that would mean a 12 percent increase for an average residential user, said Kathy Wright, a company vice president. The increase must be approved by a majority vote of the commission and is not […]