City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. […]

Let government learn to watch its balance sheet

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at Ute Lake or Ned Houk Park or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor […]

Tax-Free Days deemed success

By Gary Mitchell North Plains Mall merchants say they were pleased with the turnout to their version of the Texas tax-free weekend shopping spree. “It was wonderful,” said North Plains Mall manager Cindy Banister. “All four of our major department stores here were very pleased with the weekend sales. The customer traffic was great all […]

Shoppers get a break from the tax man

Ashley Whitt, 12, left, and her mother, Amanda Whitt, both of Clovis, shop Saturday at North Plains Mall during tax-free days. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham Some shoppers didn’t have to travel far to find back-to-school bargains at the North Plains Mall this weekend during Tax-Free Days. The Clovis mall’s tax-free sales event, […]

County approves budget

By Jack King Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a 4-1 vote. They also approved a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in gross receipts taxes that will go before voters in September. Commissioner Pete Hulder voted against the budget, saying he still opposes an additional 1 percent […]

Editorial: Visitor’s center classic case of mismanagement

A new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol — under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2005 — is already telling a more accurate story of Congress than planners had hoped. The underground 580,000-square-foot facility, located on the east side of the Capitol, and intended to share the history of Congress, is symbolizing the […]

Q&A — Albert Kwan

Dr. Albert M. Kwan of Clovis was recently elected to the board of directors for the New Mexico Medical Review Association. Q: What is the purpose or goal of the New Mexico Medical Review Association? A: Its goal is to improve the quality of care in the state. We mostly look at Medicare and Medicaid […]

Politics could do with a shot of religion

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico’s food tax, this column has harped, is not fair. It places more of a burden on the poor than it does on the rich, and that is bad policy. Since the state of New Mexico needs this revenue to exist, it is argued, the food tax cannot be eliminated. Sure […]

County backs off tax plan

By Jack King Curry County probably will not be able to give Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad a property tax abatement in order to fund an overpass over State Road 467, County Assessor Randy Williams told county commissioners Tuesday. Under an agreement signed by the county and the railroad May 20, Burlington Northern will provide […]

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

By Thomas Sowell Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed on you and your doctor or to have “universal” health care? Or do […]

Report urges benefits to go to most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Tax cut not deep enough, but it will do – for now

President Bush’s tax cut should be just what the economy needs to get moving again. As passed by Congress, the plan to cut $350 billion over 10 years is less than half what the president originally called for. But it’s still a significant reduction in the burdens borne by citizens and businesses. The tax package’s […]

County proposes raising gross receipts tax

By Jack King Curry County commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to ask voters to approve an increase in gross receipts taxes to cover a county budget shortfall estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000. A majority of the commissioners approved creating an ordinance authorizing a one-eighth percent increase in county gross receipts taxes that would be placed […]

County will discuss possible tax hike

By Jack_King@link.freedom.com Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is expected […]

City, railroad reach agreement

By Jack King Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is […]

Bush’s tax cut proposal would pay off in jobs

There’s still a lot of work for Congress to do on President Bush’s proposed $550 billion tax cut. Because of objections by liberal Republican Sen. Olympia Snow of Maine, the president’s original proposal to entirely end the double tax on dividends may be gone for now. “The Senate’s Republican tax writers struck on an agreement […]

County to consider tax hike

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $200,000 shortfall in its 2002 budget and may have to increase taxes to cover it, County Manager Geneva Cooper told the commission Tuesday. To cover the shortfall, the county could increase property taxes by 1 or 2 mils of value or increase gross receipts taxes by one-eighths […]