City transfers $1.5 million from general fund to new fund

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FARMINGTON — It has been less than two months since the Farmington City Council unanimously passed a gross receipts tax increase and created the Community Transformation and Economic Diversity fund.

Revenue from the 1/4 of 1 percent increase will not start flowing into the fund until next year, but a transfer of $1.5 million from the general fund to the new fund has allowed the city to consider starting some projects this year.

The projects include purchasing and placing wayfinding signs to direct residents and tourists to local attractions, and the acquisition of 5.71 acres of land near the river. Those topics may be discussed during the council's 9 a.m. Tuesday work session at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive, in Farmington.

The City Council may decide on Tuesday if it will spend $150,000 to place wayfinding signs to direct people to outdoor, cultural and family-oriented attractions. If the measure is approved, the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau also will pay $50,000 for the signs.

The City Council scheduled a closed session to discuss acquiring the 5.71 acres of land, which is located within the Riverside subdivision in southwest Farmington. The asking price for the land is $660,000. Following the closed session, the City Council will vote on acquiring the land. The agenda states that the land would be used for future economic development.

The council also will reconsider the name of the new water park being constructed at Brookside Park.

Navajo Nation Council’s fall session starts Monday

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye will give his final state of the nation address this morning in Window Rock, Arizona, at the start of the Navajo Nation Council’s fall session.

The session begins at 10 a.m. today.

Begaye's term will end following the Navajo Nation elections in November.

The candidates for president are former President Joe Shirley Jr. and current Vice President Jonathan Nez.

Begaye was defeated in the primary election in August.

County clerk will present information about Local Election Act

San Juan County Clerk Tanya Shelby will attend an Aztec City Commission work session at 5:30 p.m. today at Aztec City Hall, 200 W. Chaco St., to present information about the Local Election Act that was passed during the legislative session earlier this year.

The act is designed to consolidate elections. It aims to decrease voter fatigue and increase voter turnout. Municipalities have an option to choose to participate in consolidated elections or have their own separate elections.

Shelby is visiting local municipalities to present information on the act. She already has delivered a presentation to the City of Bloomfield.

San Juan County will discuss lease agreement with PESCO

The Farmington manufacturing company PESCO leases space at San Juan County’s industrial park near La Plata. The San Juan County Commission will consider extending its lease agreement with PESCO when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

 

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