Another tax hike planned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission is expected to increase the gross-receipts tax today, just four days after state and county hikes took effect. Commissioners will vote on an ordinance that would increase the gross-receipts tax by 1/8 percent beginning July 1. Officials estimate the impact to be between $700,000 and […]

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 […]

Gross receipts taxes pass throughout area

By Michelle Seeber Tuesday proved a good night for supporters of gross-receipts tax hikes. Like Clovis, voters in Melrose and Texico said OK to proposals aimed at funding water issues. In Melrose, voters overwhelmingly (61-9) approved a 1/16th of a percent gross-receipts tax. Texico’s proposed quarter-percent tax hike also got the majority (55-24). Both communities […]

Texico and Melrose consider quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase

By Michelle Seeber Clovis is not the only eastern New Mexico community asking for an increase in gross-receipts taxes. The issue is also on the ballots in Texico and Melrose in city-wide elections today. Texico is proposing a quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase for distributing, acquiring, storing and heating water to meet the future needs […]

Receipts tax issue subject at town hall

CNJ STAFF Clovis city officials will begin a series of town hall meetings tonight to discuss the proposed .25 percent gross receipts tax election scheduled for March 2. If citizens approve the .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, the city would generate — based on current receipts, Mayor David Lansford said recently — $1.2 million […]

Town hall meetings set for tax discussion

By Glen Seeber Clovis city officials have scheduled a series of town hall meetings beginning Friday to discuss the proposed quarter-percent gross receipts tax election scheduled for March 2. “Over the last several years, compensation and benefits of city employees has been an issue,” Mayor David Lansford told directors of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Clovis city officials address gross-receipts tax concerns

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Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon, along with assistant city manager Joe Thomas, discussed the city’s request for a quarter-percent increase in the gorss receipts tax on Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Q&A Editor’s note: Clovis News Journal Publisher Ray Sullivan, Editor David Stevens and reporter Jack King sat down with Clovis City Manager Ray […]

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 […]

Non-profit organizations applaud tax committees decision

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the largest nonprofit corporation in Clovis, Plains Regional Medical Center might have lost millions of dollars if a state blue ribbon tax reform commission recommendation had gone differently, hospital officials say. Hospital administrator Brian Bentley said he is “cautiously optimistic” that nonprofits won’t face taxation in the final version of […]

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 […]

Clovis has ideas to counter rising jail costs

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on voters having said no to Curry County’s proposed gross receipts tax increase and asked, “So what should the county do to offset rising jail costs?” Some responses: “Our government should attempt to operate like any other business. When we don’t have the money, we […]

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 […]

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. […]

Curry County voters to decide on gross receipts tax issue

By Jack King On the ballot in Tuesday’s special election is a request by Curry County to increase gross receipts taxes collected in the county by one-eighths of one percent. County officials say the increase would generate approximately $750,000 to $800,000 and would be added to the county’s general fund to cover many types of […]

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 […]