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Group releases candidate survey on water issues

The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly, a volunteer regional water planning group, released the results of a survey of state legislative candidates. Entitled, “What Do They Know (and Believe) About Water Policy,” the report includes the survey questionnaire, tabulated and individual responses, and candidate comments.

The survey shows significant support for requiring water rights for new domestic wells, for prohibiting or restricting the condemnation of water rights through eminent domain, and for prohibiting or restricting long-distance water transfers. The survey also shows unanimous support for the prompt adjudication of Middle Rio Grande water rights. Adjudication would determine who holds senior and junior water rights and whether the region’s water is over-appropriated.

Candidates, however, were divided in their responses to such questions as whether the Legislature should be given authority to establish water use priorities and whether in-stream flow, i.e., keeping water in the river, should be recognized under state law as a beneficial use. While ten respondents agreed that county governments should be prohibited from approving new subdivisions without an affirmative finding of water availability from the State Engineer, seven were opposed or neutral on the issue.

Nineteen of seventy New Mexico House and Senate candidates in Valencia, Bernalillo, and Sandoval Counties responded to the thirteen-question survey. Incumbents who completed the survey were Miguel P. Garcia, Mimi Stewart, Larry Larranaga, Jimmie C. Hall, Jane F. Powdrell-Culbert, Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Diane Snyder, Cisco McSorley, and Sue Wilson-Beffort. Challengers who completed the survey were Bill B. O’Neill, Janice Saxton, Benjamin Rodefer, Paula Papponi, John Sapien, Victor Paul Raigoza, Eric Griego, Tim Eichenberg, Sander Rue, and Spiro Gregory Vassilopoulos.

The Water Assembly supports the adoption of sustainable water management policies to achieve the Regional Water Plan’s goal of balancing water use with renewable supply.

To download the Water Survey please click here.


Bond issues carry price tag

—TY BELKNAP, SIGNPOST

Voters in the Signpost readership will see three bond questions on the right side of their general election ballots for the November 4 election. The combined price tag on the first two questions—a flood control bond question and the hospital tax question—is about $208 per year per $100,000 full value of a home, as it appears on the Notice of Value that is mailed annually by the Sandoval County Assessor.

A third question asks voters to decide whether or not Sandoval County will impose a one-eighth of one percent gross receipts tax to support operating expenses of the Rail Runner Express and fund expansion of the Rio Metro Transit System. The increased tax would amount to a mere twelve cents on a $100 purchase. The same question appears on Bernalillo County ballots.

The Sandoval County Commission authorized all three questions to appear on the ballot. They were instrumental in the 2007 state legislative passage of HB 939—the Eastern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority Act. HB 939 is permissive legislation only, meaning that residents have a chance to vote on the flood control plan that was developed and the continued existence of ESCAFCA.

Governor Bill Richardson appointed five directors to ESCAFCA. The five appointees are Debbie Kilfoy and William Sapien of Bernalillo, Wayne Sandoval and Dan Dennison of Placitas, and Salvador Reyes of Algodones. Board membership is based on population. The legislation was prompted by the extensive flooding that occurred in the area during the summer of 2006.

With the exception of Jack Torres, who replaced Bill Sapien on the board, all the originally appointed directors appear on the ballot and are running unopposed.

The town of Bernalillo has serious flood control issues which have developed over the years due to poor planning and lack of enforcement. The town council supports the passage of ESCAFCA.

Critics of ESCAFCA point out that the county and town simply need to enforce drainage regulations that already exist, and that throwing money at the problem and creating another level of government is not the answer. Currently, proposed subdivisions must submit drainage plans that are confined to the subdivision itself. ESCAFCA supporters say that ESCAFCA has mapped the entire watershed and could incorporate new development into an environmentally-friendly flood control plan that would include the area as a whole. (See letters in the Gauntlet.)

During the past two years, the directors have conducted public meetings to gather information about flooding problems. They have also hired an engineering firm to study the watershed and flood control. Dan Dennison stated that, if approved by voters, the $6 million raised for ESCAFCA would be leveraged and other agencies and grants could help pay for over $60 million in flood control projects that have already been identified. Although the question on the ballot makes no mention of the mil levy, approval of ESCAFCA will annually cost property owners $65.83 per $100,000 of the assessed value of a home.

On August 17, County commissioners approved the request in support of hospitals in Rio Rancho to impose a tax levy of 4.25 mills each year, for not less than four and not more than eight years, on each dollar of net taxable value of property in Sandoval County, to pay contracting hospitals in accordance with health care facilities contracts. The annual cost to taxpayers would be $141.66 per $100,000 of the assessed value of a home.

Supporters say that passage of the mil levy will help bring top-level hospitals and treatment facilities, more jobs, education, and training for healthcare professionals to Sandoval County. They point out that this teaching hospital, in conjunction with the future CNM and UNM Rio Rancho campuses, will address a critical nursing shortage while providing the opportunity for students to achieve their goals without leaving their hometown. They promise 1,632 new jobs, $1.5 billion in new gross receipts, and $24 million in property added to the tax base.

Bernalillo County currently enjoys these benefits and absorbs the costs. The cost of most health care for people without health insurance and indigents is currently shouldered by UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. Bernalillo County residents are being asked to continue a mil levy which translates to over $400 on a $200,000 home per year.

Criticism of the Sandoval County mil levy centers mostly on the cost. Many county residents will continue to seek health care in Albuquerque and would not directly share in the benefits. During this time of economic meltdown, voting in favor of tax increases to fund the greater good is a tough decision.


Placitas Area Plan update

—L.A. WILLIAMS

On two occasions in October, the Sandoval County Development Division met with the public to hear presentations on Placitas Plan issues and existing conditions, and listen to community presentations. Attendance at the meetings, one held at El Zocalo and the other at the County Commission Chambers, appears to be a far cry from the July 17 meeting at the Placitas Community Center where hundreds of Placitas residents converged to be a part of the process (see Signpost, August 2008).

Project Facilitator, Cliff Spirock, is responsible for interaction with all parties involved in the planning process. He serves as the communication channel between those parties, and finally compiles a report on what are and are not consensus positions regarding the various planning issues. The parties involved are officials of both Sandoval County and the Town of Bernalillo, property owners in Placitas, and organized groups representing special and general interests. Mr. Spirock has also emphasized his outreach function, which includes meeting with groups that have well formulated positions and concerns regarding the planning process. The larger the group that expresses those positions and concerns, the greater weight they will have in the process.

Mr. Spirock presided over the meetings which included a presentation by Assistant Director of Public Works, Chris Miller, who spoke about current and pending road issues in the county, and what the county requires to accept maintenance responsibilities on existing, and future, roads and bar ditches. Sandoval County Fire Chief, Jon Tibbetts, Deputy Chief, James Maxon, and Placitas Fire Chief, Bud Brinkerhoff, supplied information regarding the current status of the County’s fire departments, EMT trained responders, and how the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rates the region on a scale of 1-10 (a 1 rating being perfect and a 10 rating meaning a community with no fire department). Placitas is currently scored at a 7-9 split rating. This is largely due to the lack of water supply and hydrants, and the fact it takes roughly three times the number of people to fight a fire in older areas of Placitas due to the crews having to shuttle water to the site. Mr. Maxon expects that with future installations of county fire stations and equipment, hydrants, and fire personnel, that the rating will drop to a 5-6. Improved ISO ratings can affect insurance premiums and increase funding from the state. Chief Brinkerhoff reminded the crowd that Placitas is currently looking for new members to be a part of the volunteer fire brigade.

Debbie Bowman, with the NM DOT, discussed transportation projects in the Placitas Area. “There are currently no plans to widen Hwy 165, but there are signage concerns that the DOT has for the highway.” The interchange at Hwy 550 and I-25 will have federal project funds available in the amounts of $16.6 million in 2010, and $8.3 million in 2011 for improvements to the congested area. Ms. Bowman expressed that the current Placitas Planning & Zoning activities could not happen at a better time, as the DOT will look at concerns and ideas from the community for the interchange project. It is certain that a number of Placitas residents will want to have input into this project due to not only the traffic concerns, but the potential implementation of wildlife corridors in the future design.

Jennifer Ickes, with the New Mexico Environmental Department, tackled the essence of liquid waste in the Placitas area. The state has seen a declining number of liquid waste permits in the region, which is following the building permit decline. Most of the waste systems in Placitas are conventional septic systems. Ickes reported that the state is seeing more less-than-ideal lots seeking permits, which may require more technical and advanced treatment systems for poor soils or steep slopes. There are many rules governing placement and designs of waste systems, and for vacant lots, the grandfather clauses for conventional systems will expire in 2010. It is recommended for those who do not have permitted systems to get them permitted with the state now. If systems are not permitted before the 2010 deadline, when a transfer of property occurs, there will be a fee associated with the inspection and possibly maintenance of the system. Ms. Ickes suggests that Placitas is well suited for septic waste systems and the state would prefer the area’s emphasis be on good management of such systems, as opposed to upgrading existing and future hardware with a “big pipe” approach. In future development, Placitas may want to look at “cluster systems” that tie multiple homes together to a central system. Currently, the state is using GPS mapping for existing and new septic tanks and placing the information in the GIS system to track location and drainage.

Knight Seavy, from Cashwell Properties, and a representative from the civil engineering and planning firm of Bohannon-Huston, both discussed elements of the planning and design hierarchy for commercial spaces, pedestrian connectivity, lighting, water recharge, landscaping, roads, parking, and the need for a “building vocabulary” for future development. Their presentations focused on the need for the Area Plan to include design standards that will apply to Placitas and future buildable areas.

Bob Wessely, with Friends of Placitas, presented the group’s list of five goals they would like to see addressed in the Area Plan. Included in the list were the concerns that any plan should continue to keep Placitas a coherent community with no new through roads, protection of the limited surface and ground water, protection of existing users water supply, ensuring that the historic, rural, small town culture is maintained, and that any plan is adhered to both now and in the future. Mr. Wessely supported the list of goals with abundant rationales and justifications for the group’s concerns.

There are signs that the initial enthusiasm for the Placitas Area Planning process is beginning to wane. The initial meetings brought standing room only crowds, but currently the attrition rate for attendees appears to be significant. The surest path to create a logical and effective Area Plan is for residents to be active in the process, because the planners take public interest seriously.

Mr. Spirock has set up an FTP site that contains all the public documents. All documents contained in the site are available for downloading. Persons can also upload documents to the FTP site, but they should first be scanned for viruses, and an email should be sent to Mr. Spirock informing him of the upload. Please e-mail Mr. Spirock for FTP address, user name and password.

The best way to communicate comments and questions about the Area Plan, even those directed to specific officials, is through Mr. Spirock. He will post these communications publicly, and direct them to the appropriate officials. He will also attempt to respond to these communications. Obviously all such communications should be respectful and focused. Where possible, factual support should be given for the claims one makes. Mr. Spirock may be reached by e-mail at caspirock@communitysciences.com, or through regular mail at Community Sciences Corporation, P.O. Box 1328, Corrales, NM 87048.

The next Placitas Area Planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at 6 PM, at the Sandoval County Courthouse in the Commission Chambers where presentations and discussion will involve “Community Presentations, Goals and Recommendations: Various Community Groups presenting, including OnePlacitas.”

Mark your calendars for these future P&Z meetings at the Sandoval County Courthouse:

  • Wednesday, November 5: Staff Recommendations: Facilitator Report of Consensus/Contention, and Staff Recommendations to P&Z
  • Thursday, November 13: Approval of Plan Goals and Recommendations
  • Thursday, December 11: Review of Draft Plan
  • Thursday, January 29, 2009: Review of Final Plan
  • Thursday, January 29, 2009: Review of Final Plan
  • February 2009: Final Hearing for Plan Adoption

NOTE: These meetings are subject to change in regard to time and place.


County Line

—JOSHUA MADALENA, CHAIRMAN, SANDOVAL COUNTY COMMISSION

As American humorist Will Rogers quipped decades ago, taxes are among life’s certainties. Another sure thing: Property tax bills will be arriving in mailboxes across New Mexico in just a matter of days.

Sandoval County is mailing about 110,000 tax bills with a net taxable value of $3.24 billion. State law requires the bills be mailed early in November to everyone owning property in New Mexico. Payments for the first one-half of 2008 property taxes become delinquent after December 10 and payments for the second half must be remitted no later than May 10, 2009.

Sandoval County Treasurer Lorraine Dominguez is the “taxman” responsible for collecting property taxes for all taxing districts in the County. Yet, most of the money her office collects is channeled directly to the State, local governments in incorporated areas, school districts and, where applicable, CNM. Still other funds are collected for a variety of such “special” tax districts as the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority, and others.

Only a small percentage of the taxes collected—about twenty-two cents of each dollar—funds Sandoval County’s programs and services for residents.

County Assessor Rudy Casaus and his staff have been working hard to place new construction on tax rolls as quickly as possible and fairly assess values of vacant land and existing properties. Those efforts, combined with the County Commission’s diligence to create cost-saving partnerships with public and private entities and keep budgets reasonable, are continuing to ease the “sticker shock” that comes with the arrival of annual property tax bills.

The bottom line result for Sandoval County taxpayers: While property assessments have risen in step with market values, the County Commission has not increased property tax rates since 1995. Again this year, tax rates are lower for homeowners across Sandoval County.

The County portion of tax rate remains the same regardless of where you reside in Sandoval County. For a home valued at $100,000, about $168 will be collected for County programs and services.

Other components of the bill—taxes for local schools, cities, and other agencies—vary widely from one area to another, which means the total dollar amounts of tax bills, too, will range somewhat from one community to the next.

Based on a home worth $100,000, for example, property taxes in Rio Rancho and within the Rio Rancho School District and CNM boundaries will be about $947, plus any special districts, or about $10 less than last year. Taxes on a similarly-priced property in Placitas will be under $607, or almost $15 less than in 2007.

In Jemez Springs, taxes on a home valued at $100,000 will be about $725, or $16 less than last year, and taxes on a same-valued home in Corrales will be $767, or about $22 less.

In Bernalillo, taxes on a home valued at $100,000 will be $692, or about $17 less than in 2007, compared to $760, or $14 less, for a same-valued residence in Cuba. In San Ysidro, taxes on a $100,000 home will be $782, or about $12 less than last year.

Further tax savings are available to homeowners and, separately, veterans who qualify for exemptions that each provide $2,000 reductions in the taxable values of their homes. It’s too late to qualify for the exemptions this tax year. But, in order to receive the savings in future years, you must apply at the Assessor’s Office between January 1 and February 28. Once granted, the exemptions automatically apply in later years until the home is sold.

Questions or comments for Commissioner Madalena can be mailed to him in care of Sandoval County Administrative Offices, PO Box 40, Bernalillo, NM 87004, or emailed to commissionermadalena@yahoo.com.


County Commission Watch

—L.A. WILLIAMS, SIGNPOST

Sandoval County will welcome the former manager of Bernalillo County, Juan Vigil, as the successor to outgoing county manager Debbie Hays, assuming a contract is agreed upon between the applicant and the county.

Vigil, who was hired as a special assistant to Hays earlier this year, was selected as her replacement from an original pool of fifty applicants. The commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of Vigil. Commission Chairman Joshua Madalena and Commissioner Orlando Lucero voted against Vigil, noting their preference for the position would have been Phil Rios, the county’s public works director. Both Vigil and Rios have extensive résumés in government administrative positions and many years of relevant experience. Should Vigil accept a contract with the county, he will manage approximately 450 employees and a roughly $93 million budget.

Big news for county departments, officials, and employees: Tyler Technologies, Inc. has been given the green light to supply new operating software to replace the current system. The requests for the county to purchase new software, replace all existing software and hardware, and require uniformity of usage in Sandoval County departments and divisions was unanimously approved. Mike Good, Director of the Division of Information Technology, pointed out that the current system lacks centralized data management and that it doesn’t allow for easy interface between departments. The existing antiquated county software will be replaced with a county-wide integrated platform which can eliminate the possibility of duplicate information and allow for different departments to seamlessly interact. Expect a transition to take six to twelve months for the migration of information from the existing system to the new Tyler software.

The Commission held a special meeting for the approval of Certificate of Tax Rates for the 2008 tax year (see Commissioner Chairman Madalena’s “County Line,“ this issue). Although the values of property in the county have increased, the Commission has not increased property tax rates, and Commissioner Chairman Madalena expects that tax rates will be lower for homeowners across Sandoval County.

The Sandoval County Administrative Building, to be built at Plazuela de Sandoval, located in the northwest quadrant of Idalia and NM 528, will house all of the current divisions presently located in the Courthouse on Camino del Pueblo. The Commission approved a request to enter into contract with Cameron Construction, the low bidder for the project, with a base bid of $10,650,000 plus gross receipts taxes. Expect a fifteen-month construction period for the 82,000 square foot building once the work begins.

Director of the Division of Public Affairs, Gayland Bryant, presented Resolution No. 10-16-08.12, setting forth the legislative priorities for the 2009 year. In order to allow for the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars, the county will be seeking legislative assistance and approval of the following:


STATE / REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

Local Government Road Fund—to “increase the reimbursement rate through the Local Government Road Fund’s County Arterial Program that allocates money for construction, improvements, maintenance, and rights-of-way acquisition for county roads in New Mexico.”

Santa Ana Regional Fire Station—to “support legislation to design, construct, and furnish a $2.116 million regional fire station on the Pueblo of Santa Ana to provide critically needed services throughout southern Sandoval County.”

Senior Programs/Agency on Aging—to “gain approval for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s funding package that includes $343,000 for specialized vehicles for home delivery of meals, medical transport vehicles, a fifteen-person van; and improvements, repairs and upgrades for the Bernalillo Senior Center ($20,000), the Corrales Center ($25,000), the Cuba Center ($44,500), the Jemez Valley Center ($18,000), and the Placitas Center ($10,000).”

Changing Terms of County Elected Officials—to “seek approval of a proposed Constitutional Amendment to extend existing terms for county elected officials to three four-year terms.”


SANDOVAL COUNTY CAPITAL OUTLAY PROJECTS

Land Acquisition for District Court/County Judicial Complex, $3.7 million—“A Legislative appropriation of $3.7 million is requested for Sandoval County to purchase property needed to expand the 13th Judicial District Court, and Judicial Complex and adjacent parking area.”

Sandoval County Administrative Building, $480,000—“Legislative funding of $480,000 is necessary to match County funds of $12.112 million to construct a Community Room as part of the County’s new administrative complex being built at La Plazuela de Sandoval, located in the Town of Bernalillo on Idalia Road.”

Veterans Memorial Park, $1.5 million—“Sandoval County is requesting Legislative funding of $1.5 million to construct a Veterans Memorial Park at the master-planned La Plazuela de Sandoval governmental complex.”

Magistrate Court/Detention Center Parking Lot, $227,000—“A Legislative appropriation of $227,000 is requested to match County funds to purchase land and construct parking areas to serve both Magistrate Court and the County Detention Center.”

Sandoval County Road Projects:

NM 165 Improvements/Placitas, $193,800—“Sandoval County is requesting $193,800 to design, realign, and construct an intersection on NM 165 to provide safe entry and turn-out by motorists to and from the County-owned property that serves the Placitas Community Library and Multi-Use Center.”

Regina Cut-Off Road/Regina, $170,000 —“A $170,000 appropriation is requested to complete asphalt overlay and provide all-weather access on a 3.2-mile section of the Regina Cut-Off Road.”

Algodones Basketball Court Recreational Facility, $29,375—to “plan, design, and construct a regulation-size basketball court, with two-foot apron, to serve as a recreational facility for the community of Algodones.”

The Commission listened as Charlotte Little spoke on behalf of San Felipe Pueblo in its request for approval of an early voting site at the Pueblo. A 2007 federal law allows tribes, nations, and pueblos the ability to request alternate and/or early voting sites when distances to voting facilities are greater than fifteen miles. Little stated that the Pueblo’s residents would indeed have to travel beyond the federally-mandated fifteen miles, while representatives from the county insisted that after multiple attempts, the distance never measured more than thirteen miles. There was lengthy discussion regarding the distance, availability of equipment, poll workers, and county funds, but in the end, the request was denied for lack of a second after Commissioner David Bency moved for motion.

Rudy Montoya, elected to sheriff of Sandoval County in 1956, and Frank Sisneros, a former State Representative and County Assessor, were presented Community Leadership Awards by Commissioner Orlando Lucero for their dedicated service to Sandoval County and the State of New Mexico. Mr. Montoya, who was one of the youngest sheriffs ever to be elected in the county, remarked, “It is very nice to be remembered.” Johnnie Archibeque, former State Representative and County Clerk, was not present, but also was honored with a Community Leadership Award.

Commissioners Don Leonard and Jack Thomas presented Marine Corps representatives Paul Caputo and Ron Cummings with funds for the Lance Corporal Christopher Adlesperger Detachment 1316 of the Marine Corps League in Rio Rancho. The chapter is the only detachment in Sandoval County and the second in New Mexico. Lance Corporal Adlesperger was the second New Mexico Marine killed in Iraq; he died in 2007. Among many services, the Marine Corps league supports ROTC programs in schools and help for returning Marines to find employment in New Mexico.

County Fire Department Chief Jon Tibbetts presented a plaque honoring Steve Schneider of the Placitas Fire Department. Schneider is a paramedic and firefighter who will be moving to Michigan after his twenty-three years of service in Placitas. Bud Brinkerhoff called Schneider “an exceptional member of the Placitas Fire Brigade,” and said he will be “much missed.”

The request for a professional services agreement between the county and Watermelon Mountain Ranch (WMR) for the continued operation and expansion of the Kasey Says Program was unanimously approved. The one-year agreement provides $45,000 of funding for the program that works with at-risk youth. Mike Davis, speaking for WMR, noted that roughly seventy-five percent of the youth who have gone through the program return as volunteers, devoting time and energy by working and training animals at the ranch.

Mike Good, Director of the Division of Information Technology, gave an update on the Broadband Project (see Sandoval County Commission Watch, Signpost, October 2008). The project is once again in “active” status after a short delay. Cost overages on the project are expected to be no more than ten percent of the initial budget, and equipment is currently arriving, being inventoried, and installed. Good says each site will have a twenty-four-hour UPS power backup, and that frequencies have been assigned and are in the process of being licensed. Phase 1 of the project, the infrastructure backbone, is still expected to be completed in December 2008. Phase II will follow, delivering broadband service in a one-year testing period in order to try out different vendors and services.

Sandoval County Commissioners also approved the following:

•A request for approval of the Preliminary Plat for Lots 4-A through 4-E, Centro de Algodones, a Type Three Subdivision consisting of approximately 10.5963 acres located in Algodones.

•A request for Preliminary Plat for Lots 1-11, Vistas Sandias, a Type Three Subdivision consisting of approximately 11.2514 acres located along Camino Cuesta del Aire in Placitas. The project was already in the works and not part of the six-month moratorium on subdivision applications in the Placitas area.

•A request by Debbie Hays, County Manager, for $70,000 in Bond Funds for the purpose of planning and construction of the landscaping of the two median entrances to Sandoval County on I-25. Hays has attempted to get this accomplished for roughly seventeen years to improve the image of the county she faithfully served. The estimated completion of the project is December 2008.


Town of Bernalillo receives first bond rating of A+

Mayor attributes excellent rating to the Town’s financial management

Mayor Patricia A. Chávez announced that the town received an ‘A+’ rating for its 2008 gross receipts tax improvement revenue bonds. Last week, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services assigned its A+ rating to Bernalillo’s series 2008 gross receipts tax (GRT) improvement bonds.

Mayor Chávez said the town should be very proud of this rating. The bond rating will give the town investment potential when financing capital improvements such as public safety buildings, water and sewer systems, and transit upgrades. It will also save the town thousands of dollars each year.

In order to obtain the Standard & Poor’s rating, the town had to demonstrate prudent financial management and a plan to implement capital improvement projects. This is the culmination of years of hard work by the town council and town government.

“We can thank Town of Bernalillo Finance Director Santiago Chávez for establishing recognized accounting principles and securing a qualified audit this year,” said Mayor Chávez.

“We must also acknowledge the councilors for their support of the Finance Department by providing staff and professional accounting software.”

In New Mexico, the Gross Receipts Tax is the biggest income source for municipal governments to provide community services and facilities. Bernalillo’s increased GRT revenues from recent commercial development will allow the town to finance new community service projects at a beneficial rate.

Finance Director Chávez said that cities with high GRT revenues have better public facilities such as senior centers, recreational facilities, and public safety buildings.

“Our town is growing, and new businesses have increased the gross receipts tax revenue for the town,” said Mr. Chávez. “It is important that the town do what it can to encourage development that would increase our GRT revenue stream.”


A brief on the Bernalillo Town Council

SIGNPOST STAFF

The Town Council unanimously approved a resolution increasing the contracted overtime rate for the Town of Bernalillo Police Department. Police Chief Fred Radosevich explained that the current billing system entails charging varying rates, depending upon rank, for dedicated personnel to a certain site or event. This method demands more accounting time than the proposed flat rate billing. The new flat rate will be $35 per hour for personnel working state, county, or other contract events.

Susan Garcia was selected to take over the janitorial services for the towns buildings and facilities, and in the financial section, there was approval on all of the following items:

  • General Fund Vouchers
  • Utility Vouchers
  • MVD Fund Vouchers
  • Housing Low Rent Vouchers
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant
 

 

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