The 1/4 of 1 percent sales tax hike -- an extra 25-cent charge on a $100 purchase -- would have paid for expanded 911 center staffing; for Crisis Triage Center operations, a facility to help the mentally ill; and for county ambulance services.
The county has money budgeted in its 2013-14 budget to pay for its share of the 911 center -- which is also funded by a handful of cities -- the Crisis Triage Center and a yearly $1.3 million ambulance contract, county officials said. But county commissioners are dipping into county savings from past years -- at a level of $15.4 million -- to accomplish that and other projects in the cycle that started July 1, said County Finance Director Bill Noland.
Milan Simonich continues to beat the drumbeat of Attorney General Gary King's role in a raid that resulted in the euthanization of hundreds of chickens by the AG's Animal Cruelty Task Force. Simonich contrasts King's stance on the proposed horse slaughter plant in Roswell to the raid.
"New Mexico has had laws on its books for more than seven decades protecting our citizens from adulterated food," King said as to why he opposes Valley Meat Co., which would operate the horse plant. "Scientific studies show that horse meat fits the legal definition of an adulterated food product due to the presence of many chemical substances routinely used on horses that are deemed unfit for human consumption."
It does not matter to King that the horse plant could not operate unless it passed health and safety inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In the public comment period, Corrales Village Councilor John Alsobrook said the change would push residential use into a commercial area.
"This is not a transition," he said.
Also, he said the Whiteline Properties didn’t address public need for the change, as was required, and rental occupancy rates in Albuquerque were low. Alsobrook asked the governing body to deny the zone change.
udges and magistrates can designate anyone they wish as survivor beneficiaries without any reductions in their pensions, and beneficiaries receive 75 percent of the pensions for life should the retirees die.
Other PERA retirees also can designate anyone they wish as survivor beneficiaries, but their pensions are reduced based on their life expectancies and those of their beneficiaries. That means a retiree who designates a 4-year-old granddaughter as his survivor beneficiary is going to receive a very small pension, and the benefit for the child is also going to be very small once the retiree dies.