Aztec to vote on gross receipts tax increase

The Daily Times staff
Anthony Kady, lead mechanic at Alien Bike Shop works on a customer's bike,  Thursday, Sept. 7, 2018 at the bike shop on South Main Avenue in Aztec.

FARMINGTON — The Aztec City Commission will likely vote on raising the gross receipts tax rate during its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St.

The possibility was first brought up by Mayor Victor Snover this spring while the city was discussing its fiscal year 2019 budget.

Commissioners were faced with tough budget choices when the city finance director told them the city could finish fiscal year 2019 with only $4,000 more than the required reserve. While the final fiscal year 2019 budget looked a little less grim, the commission is considering the gross receipts tax hike to increase revenue.

The quarter of one percent increase would change the total gross receipts tax rate within Aztec to 8.25 percent. If approved, the higher tax rate would go into effect Jan. 1.

Aztec could also choose to implement a smaller increase of one eighth of one percent.

Guitars are displayed on a wall, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 Main Street Music at 210 South Main Avenue in Aztec.

If the City Commission chooses to raise gross receipts taxes, it would be the second San Juan County municipality to increase the tax rate this year. Farmington approved increasing the gross receipts tax rate last month.

Farmington to discuss right to work

Councilor Sean Sharer will lead a discussion during the 6 p.m. Tuesday Farmington City Council meeting about researching and drafting a "right to work" ordinance. The "right to work" ordinance would make mandatory union membership or fees illegal within Farmington city limits.

San Juan County Commission passed a "right to work" ordinance in early August.

Expansion of outdoor opportunities on Farmington agenda

The city of Farmington will have a closed session at the end of its Tuesday meeting to discuss contracts for a market analysis of a proposed aerial adventure park at Farmington Lake and for architectural services for the Animas River North Trail Connection.

Following the closed session, the City Council may vote to approve the contracts.

The City Council meets at 800 N. Municipal Drive in Farmington.

Susan Aguirre, owner of Lil Aztec Flower Shop talks with customer Guillermo Garcia, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at her flower shop on South Main Avenue in Aztec.

Bloomfield considers yard sale signs ordinance

The Bloomfield City Council will consider changing an ordinance that addresses yard sale signs. The changes would limit the number of days and locations that the signs can be placed. Bloomfield's proposed ordinance would mirror an ordinance passed a few years ago in Aztec. The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 915 N. 1st St.

Kirtland to continue discussion about fireworks

The Kirtland Town Council will continue discussion about what types of fireworks to allow within town limits and how firework vendors can help offset costs of firefighting related to firework use.

The Town Council meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 47 County Road 6500.

Shoe donation proposal heads to CCSD board

A report about a donation from TOMS Shoes to Newcomb Middle School will be presented to the Central Consolidated School District Board of Education.

Since its inception, TOMS Shoes has matched every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need.

The shoe company is proposing to donate a pair of new classic slip-on shoes to each student at the middle school as part of a collaboration with Partnership with Native Americans, a nonprofit organization based in Addison, Texas.

The two entities started working together in 2011 to provide shoes to Native American youth and each fall, they distribute shoes to schools located on reservations, according to a letter from the nonprofit organization to CCSD.

The shoes are provided at no cost to schools and deliveries include a few extra pairs to make sure each student receives properly-fitted shoes, the letter states.

There are nine schools in CCSD that have previously partnered with Partnership with Native Americans and Newcomb Middle School received shoes in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, according to the letter.

The work session will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shiprock Board Room in Shiprock.