FARMINGTON — San Juan County Commissioners during their Tuesday afternoon meeting will review Farmington's proposed 888-acre annexation southwest of the city limits.
Earlier this week, Farmington City Council members voted to have the city's Planning and Zoning Commission examine the proposed annexation. The motion carried by a 3-to-1 vote, with Councilor Mary Fischer voting no.
The city would collect gross receipts taxes from the businesses on the land, and it would open more space for industrial development, which the city needs, Community Development Director Mary Holton said at the meeting. The city would also have to provide services to the area. But County Executive Office Kim Carpenter said that with all annexations, the county loses tax money.
The annexation would incorporate a little more than 888 acres southwest of Farmington's boundaries, including portions of West Pinon Street, West Murray Drive and the Bisti Highway.
Both short- and long-term projections indicate the city would break even in the annexation.
In the first five years, the city could generate roughly an additional $110,000 to $730,000 in gross receipts taxes, according to city projections. And 20 years after the annexation, the city could earn about $580,000 to $1 million more in taxes.
Long-term projections calculate the city will need to pay $650,000 once and $552,182 each year.
Included in those expenses, the city's police department would need to hire another officer, which would cost $70,450 annually in salary and benefits, and buy another $35,000 police car and pay for fuel, which costs $42,980 a year, according to city projections.
The city's parks department anticipates it would also need to build a 40-acre park, expand its trails by a mile and hire two full-time workers, all of which would cost $110,000 and $90,262 each year after, according to city projections.
The annexation would include the following businesses: Cascade Bottled Water, FedEx, Giant Convenience Store, Havens Trucking, Four Corners Precast, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Drake Well Servicing, Triple P Oilfield Services, a 7-2-11 Convenience Store and US West Communications, according to city documents.
The annexation would also include 200 acres of city-owned land, according to city documents.
The addition would increase the city land area by 4 percent, according to the documents.
"We may not like the fact that (they're) annexing, because it does deplete the gross receipt taxes," Carpenter said, "but we understand that it is within their rights to do that."
If you go:What: San Juan County Commission meeting
When: 4 p.m. Tuesday
Where: San Juan County Administration Building, 100 South Oliver Drive, Aztec
More info: Go to www.sjcounty.net . Meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
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