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Commission Approves .25% GRT Increase

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton City Commission unanimously approved Ordinance 990 increasing the city’s portion of the gross receipts tax by .25% for debt service, capital improvements, repair and maintenance of the Raton Aquatic/Recreation Center.

Not one-person spoke against the increase noted City Manager Butch McGowen as he recommended the passage to the commission. He commended the commission and those who spoke for realizing that this is not something anyone really wanted to do but it is the solution to the problem and according to Bob Beaudette, who handed the commission three different plans they could use to pay off the debt. Beaudette indicted if the commission used either of these plans it could pay off this debt as much as eight to 12 years early.

Wayne McMurtry and Beaudette did not agree in whole with the commission about using some of the money from the GRT for maintenance instead of using all of it to service the debt. Mayor Pro-Tem Neal Segotta agreed in part with the speakers but indicated we need to create a cash reserve for repairs noting the $10,000 pump that was replaced this year at the aquatic center.

Commissioners also approved the final budget adjustment for 2014. After little discussion they approved the 2014-2015 fiscal year municipal budget. The final budget for the city is expecting revenues of $4,635,800 and expenses of $4,563,407.

Commissioners also approved the Main Street application for the annual street fair to take place on First Street between Cook and Clark Avenues on September 6, 2014.

City Manager Butch McGowen brought the commission up to date on a few items such as the Raton Downtown Historic meeting July 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the International room of the International Bank. That employees would be attending the three day state procurement training.

Commissioners appointed Ron Chavez as the voting delegate to the New Mexico Municipal League conference in Albuquerque. The city will heir to a Veteran’s Memorial at Pesavento Park paid for by funds the veterans raised.

The next regular meeting will be on August 12 at 6:00 p.m. with the following meeting in August to be moved to August 25th at 12:00 noon to allow commissioners to go to the NMML conference.

 (For a complete run down on the GRT see the story  Gross Receipts Tax City’s Prime Income  on our web page.)

City Manager Butch McGowen spoke to commissioner and informed them of some upcoming meetings.

City Manager Butch McGowen spoke to commissioner and informed them of some upcoming meetings.

 

Raton city commissioners work through the agenda Tuesday evening after hearing from Raton residents on the the GRT increase for the Aquatic Center debt service.

Raton city commissioners work through the agenda Tuesday evening after hearing from Raton residents on the the GRT increase for the Aquatic Center debt service.

4 comments on “Commission Approves .25% GRT Increase

  1. Ken Garrison says:

    Thank you, Marty, for the quick reply!

    I found the earlier article. It says the GRT rate in Raton is 7.9375%. So, with an increase of one-fourth of one percent, is the new GRT in Raton 8.1875%?

    • Marty Mayfield says:

      That will be correct unless the county gets their increase as well. I think they are looking at a small increase too so it could go higher. there has been some behind the scenes comments at the state level that unless a municipality is maxed out on their GRT the state is less likely to help out.

  2. Ken Garrison says:

    Soooo… Dear Marty…. Journalism 101… what is the Gross Receipts Tax Rate in Raton, now??

    • Marty Mayfield says:

      The City GRT is 2.5625%. There is a story on our web page from last week that has the complete run down of the city GRT and who gets what portion including the county and state.