Commission looks at tax increases

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners are looking at increases in taxes to help pay for increasing expenditures for the services provided by the county. Commissioners approved the intent to implement a 1/16 tax increment increase to the gross receipt tax to help balance the budget. The 1/16 gross receipt tax would mean an additional […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Gross receipts revenue up from last year

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For the moment, Portales city officials can breath a sigh of relief after early numbers from the gross receipt taxes have not been affected by the elimination of the food tax. The food tax was eliminated from New Mexico after Gov. Bill Richardson and legislators passed a bill through […]

Bill to bring revenue to Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A bill waiting for Gov. Richardson’s signature will bring additional revenue to Portales in the form of a compensating tax on purchases from out-of-state businesses. Members of the New Mexico Municipal League outlined the bill during an informational meeting Monday at the Memorial Building. Under the proposal a tax […]

Legislature vicious in final few hours

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was viscous. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues —including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — weren’t resolved […]

Nursing home residents caught in middle of bed tax battle

By Mike Linn A battle between state and federal governments over a bed tax is putting nursing home residents in the middle. At stake is a nearly $9 a day tax on all occupied nursing home beds in the state. The tax was instituted in 2004 in hopes of drawing extra Medicaid funding. But the […]

Brooks, Garrett take school district wins

By Kevin Wilson Winners in both of Portales’ school board district elections took comfortable victories, and a double mill levy passed for Dora schools. Alan Garrett won by 25 votes in District 3, while incumbent David Brooks held on in District 4 by a 33-vote margin. Totals in District 3 were 68 votes for Garrett, […]

New bonuses, pitfalls for taxpayers in 2005

By David Irvin A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business as usual. There […]

Sustaining budget a big priority

By David Irvin Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The question of whether the budget and future budgets […]

Tax changes to create new budget balancing

By Tony Parra New Mexicans are now free to purchase groceries without a tax, but it simply means they have to pay a higher tax for everything else. Portales residents may need to take another look at their receipts after they purchase groceries since the tax cut was imposed on Saturday. The gross receipt tax […]

Tuesday the only day to file for school board

PNT Staff PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents will have their only opportunity to file for a school board member position on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board elections will take place in February, according to Joyce Fraze, Roosevelt County clerk. Those from Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd who want to declare […]

Two of three tax increases approved

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners passed two of the three proposed tax increments on Tuesday during the county commission meeting and they will be in place on Jan. 1. Commissioners passed two 1/8 tax increments, which will mean an additional .125 percent on gross receipt taxes beginning Jan. 1. For each tax, there would […]

Commissioners take next step for tax increase

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Commissioners held a special session on Tuesday to take another step for what commissioner Gene Creighton said, “None of the commissioners wanted to do”. Raise taxes. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to receive input from Roosevelt County residents on the adoption of two gross receipt tax increments and […]

Commissioners take first step towards tax increments

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners had been discussing the idea of imposing tax increments because of budget deficiencies, and on Tuesda decided to take the first step in the process. Commissioners said they will take the first step in the process by publicizing the notice of intent. Roosevelt County plans for a first 1/8 […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]

Gov. Richardson calls session ‘major victory’

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers said […]

Proposed bill could provide money for ENMU

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Officials worried about gross receipts tax

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Area democrats like Kerry; Elida, Floyd pass mill levy

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Roosevelt County democrats on Tuesday selected Sen. John Kerry as the guy they hope to dethrone President Bush, while Floyd and Elida residents voted to tax themselves to help keep their schools in tip-top shape. In the first New Mexico caucus in more than 30 years, […]

PHS officials seek funds for auditorium

David Arkin Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser is hoping a local lawmaker’s request to help fund renovations to the school’s performing arts center will receive support in Santa Fe. Veteran lawmaker Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, is seeking $250,000 for the high school’s performing arts center, a facility that gets used by numerous school and […]