State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Salon owners expect no change from tanning tax

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By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer jtucker@pntonline.com Take your tax, and tan it. That’s what tanning salon owners and customers in Portales think about a new federal tanning tax that takes effect July 1. The new tax, part of the government’s health care bill, won’t keep die-hard tanning customers away, according to salon owners. Devan […]

Hoiles challenged tax-supported schools

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence last Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial pages to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies.

Candidate profiles: Roosevelt County tax assessor

PNT staff Editor’s note: Two Republicans are seeking the nomination for Roosevelt County Assessor in the June 1 primary election. No Democrats filed as candidates. The following profiles are part of a series on candidates in local races. Both candidates were asked the same set of questions. Tex L. Belcher (Incumbent) • Why do you […]

Their turn: Republican tax assessor candidate tours experience

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. TEX BELCHER is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against KENNER CARRASCO. Here’s what Belcher had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job: “My name is Tex Belcher and I was born and raised in Roosevelt County. I have three […]

Thursday morning briefing: Tax Day, music for a cause and Jackie Robinson

Good morning and happy tax day. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Pay up State and federal taxes are due today. Local post offices aren’t staying open late. But you can get that return post marked on time if you drop it off before midnight at boxes outside the post offices in Clovis and Portales. […]

Taxpayers target of confusing system

By Don McAlavy: Freedom Columnist The Revised Gettsbury Address (Author Unknown) (Yes, I said Gettsbury, not Gettsburg.) Three score and five years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass […]

Food tax vetoed

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a proposed food tax on Wednesday but signed other tax increases that will provide about $170 million next year to help balance the budget. Richardson used his line-item veto powers to reject a proposal that would have reinstated the gross receipts tax on food at […]

County could see property tax increases

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Many Roosevelt County property owners are facing an increase in property values for 2010, which could mean an increase in tax payments. For property the state Taxation and Revenue Department determined to be undervalued, rates are to increase 3 percent a year for residential property and 20 percent a […]

N.M. lawmakers OK $200 million tax increase package

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Legislature approved a measure Wednesday to raise taxes by more than $200 million next year to help balance the state budget, the largest tax increase package in more two decades. Passage of the measure moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically […]