Commission approves gross receipts tax increase

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, effective July 1, during its meeting Thursday. The tax, which will be in place for 10 years and raises the city’s GRT rate to 7.8125 percent, is expected to generate about $1.5 million annually to help pay the city’s share of […]

School board election results

Melrose ballotPosition 1 school board memberKenneth L. Jacobs (Incumbent) – 76Jubal Ray Pierce – 85Position 2 school board memberScott Dickerman – 128Position 3 school board memberNeal Delk – 140 General obligation school bond question:123 for38 againstPublic School Capital Improvements (2 mill) tax question:122 for35 against Grady ballotPosition 1 school board member Jerome J. Provencio – […]

City officials defend tax proposal

Kevin Wilson Outside the Clovis-Carver Public Library on Monday night, winds whipped snowfall to a chilling effect on empty city streets. Inside, there was a chill as well, with many residents cold to the idea of a potential gross receipts tax increase heading to the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Commission members appeared at the library’s […]

Officials: Income tax rebate hearing formality

Kevin Wilson A public hearing on establishing a low-income tax rebate scheduled for a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting is nothing more than a formality, according to county officials. Treasurer Bernice Baker said the only thing the rebate would change is the county would be required to reimburse the state for rebates already available to […]

City going to taxpayers too often

The Clovis City Commission is attempting to implement yet another increase to the gross receipts tax to fund the city’s portion of the Ute Water Project. This project will bring much needed water to Clovis and surrounding communities. We have been aware of the need and the costs attached for several years. In 2004, the […]

Commission member seeking alternative to tax hike

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cindy Vaughan of Clovis, right, takes her change Thursday from Cindy Arnold, owner of Pet Logic on north Main Street, while purchasing a sweater for her pet Chihuahua Blackie. Arnold said she files gross receipt taxes every month. Kevin Wilson Clovis’ mayor hates the idea of a tax increase, but […]

Press release: City to hold town hall meeting on gross receipts tax increase

The City of Clovis will be holding a Town Hall meeting at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 31st, 2011 at the Clovis Carver Library North Annex to answer questions and present facts regarding the .25% gross receipts tax adjustment needed for the Ute Pipeline Project. City officials and Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority representatives will […]

Town hall announced on gross receipts tax hike

Kevin Wilson What started as opposition to a tax increase morphed into support Thursday from one Clovis resident. But opposition to a proposed zoning change from a neighborhood of others remained solid. The Clovis City Commission dealt with proposed zone changes, and announced a town hall on a possible gross receipts tax hike, during its […]

Gross receipts tax revenues up slightly

Kevin Wilson More money is always welcome when it comes to paying the bills at the city and county levels. But the upcoming state legislative session still looms. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from […]

City may raise gross receipts tax next month

Kevin Wilson The first time the Clovis City Commission meets in February, it can vote on an ordinance to increase the city’s gross receipts tax rate. That’s because the first time the commission met in January, it approved the introduction of that ordinance. A .25 percent increase could be voted on as soon as Feb. […]

Lame ducks take advantage of last session

To the surprise of most observers, the lame-duck session of Congress proved to be prolific in passing legislation. Whether it was productive is another question. The existence of lame-duck sessions, that period in which legislators rejected by voters in November get to pass new laws before the winners assume office in January, is one of […]

Press release: Bingaman talks tax bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about why he vote against a tax package the country cannot afford. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman121410m.mp3

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Courtesy graphic Tax experts say there is still plenty of time to implement some tax-saving strategies before the end of the year. Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still […]

Obama made right decision to extend tax

Freedom New Mexico The most remarkable thing about President Barack Obama’s announcement that he had come to an agreement with Republicans on tax rates and unemployment compensation was the virulence with which it was met by many elements of what used to be considered the president’s “base” of unswerving support. The president agreed with congressional […]

Tax cuts for rich huge part of national debt

Your recent editorial suggesting the November election should invigorate Washington advocates the extension of Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, repealing the health care reform and underfunding or eliminating a “few” vulnerable federal agencies. The editorial says Bush’s tax cuts should be extended. The tax cuts for the rich are a HUGE part of our […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]

Officials: Proposed property tax increase would retire

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Court officials say a proposed courthouse would keep inmates separate from the public and jurors, a security risk they say the existing courthouse does not address. Sharna Johnson A proposed property tax increase to build a courthouse would retire in about 20 years — after the bond is paid off. […]

County manager: Judicial complex operating costs hinge on tax increase

Sharna Johnson It will cost Curry County an estimated $1.2 million more a year to staff and operate a proposed judicial complex. And meeting those operating costs hinges on voters passing an increase in gross receipts tax, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. Voters will decide Nov. 2 if the county will raise taxes to […]

Letters to the editor: Time to put stop to tax increases

Time to put stop to tax increases Regarding Curry County’s proposal to build a judicial complex: Vote no on Nov. 2. This bond will cost the taxpayers and property owners $33 million and increase the gross receipts tax by 25 cents (on a $100 purchase) for 15 to 25 years. And this is only the […]

Postponing vote on tax cuts lame decision

Freedom New Mexico Accountability took a back seat this week when Democrats in control of Congress decided to postpone voting on extension of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 election. We prefer elected officials to be as accountable as possible. Delaying a vote on extending the tax cuts, which expire Jan. 1, […]