School district state funding decrease

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has $211,000 less in its operational fund than expected, but the director of finance said the district has a financial cushion to prevent problems. The board of education approved a number of budget adjustments, including two decreases to the operational fund, at its meeting Monday in [...]

Finance program coming to Pleasant Hill

Freedom New Mexico Financial Peace University’s 13-week finance program is coming to Pleasant Hill. FPU has helped more than 650,000 families positively change their financial future, according to a news release. The program teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability. Each class participant needs a kit. [...]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested

City officials talk finance

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s the Hull Street overpass, the Portales wastewater plant or a patch of Tucumcari Boulevard, chances are something needs replacing in a New Mexico community. Infrastructure needs bond cities large and small, and local dignitaries are taking advantage of the New Mexico Municipal League conference to seek solutions. [...]

Finance manager says Curry County fiscally sound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Citing good fiscal health, Curry County Finance Manager Mark Lansford told county commissioners Friday the county has built

Local property owners overcharged on taxes

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An error made by a state agency in Santa Fe has resulted in Roosevelt County property owners being overcharged on their 2006 property taxes. The mistake will result in $251,318 in tax relief to county residents, according to a Feb. 8 letter county officials received from Robert Apodaca, director [...]

Area legislators list priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales • Age: 59 • Occupation: Farmer, rancher • District: 27, serving Chaves, De Baca and Roosevelt counties • Time served: Sixth term •Top legislative priority: The education system is my top priority, particularly higher education. • Capitol office phone: 986-4702 • Committee Membership: Capitol Outlay Subcommittee, Committees’ Committee, Corporations and Transportation, [...]

Committee approves funds for CSC

By Tony Parra Portales finance committee members approved applications from the Community Services Center for two new 15-passenger vans at the finance committee meeting on Tuesday. City Manager Debi Lee said she spoke with Community Services Center Executive Director Pamela O’Malley on trying to fit the funds needed to match the federal grants from the [...]

Committee makes budget cuts

By Tony Parra Finance Committee members were in limbo as to the status of funding for the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and the Community Services Center, but eventually made cuts during Wednesday’s meeting. Finance committee members decided to make a 6.8 percent cut to the contracted services of Community Development coordinator Kim Huffman’s salary and [...]

Committee confident it is on right track

By Tony Parra Portales finance committee members said they agreed on one thing after they approved the budget to be presented to city council members on Thursday. They’re heading in the right direction. In previous meetings, members have talked about the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit and the high percentage of cost in the personnel category [...]