Big projects underway, but where's the money coming from?

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By Jennifer Garcia

It’s no secret that Los Alamos has some big projects underway and it’s also no secret the county gets most of its money from gross receipts tax.

That money will help the county fund its operations and programs – including the recently approved list of capital projects totaling more than $159 million.

Recently, the County Council approved the skate part at Mesa Public Library location at an estimated cost $500,000.

The council also recently decided to look into the possible construction of the new municipal building at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. At this point, the county estimates that the project is going to cost around $25 million.

The price tag includes an underground parking structure, but the county’s Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne, made it clear that this is just an estimate, and the price is subject to change.

Also in the works is the Airport Basin Project, the Judicial/Police/Jail complex and the next two phases of the Diamond Drive Project. Another project underway is the animal shelter.

The JPJ complex is going to cost around $20.2 million, while phase two of the Diamond Drive project will cost approximately $5.9 million.

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