Councilors air views on financial plan

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By Katy Korkos

A discussion of the long-range financial plan for Los Alamos County at Tuesday’s county council meeting was nearly overshadowed by council’s decision to replace the Municipal Building.  Nevertheless, that discussion was continued Thursday when County Forum host Allison Majure, a public information officer with the Department of Public Utilities, interviewed councilors Robert Gibson and Jim West on the topic on PAC 8.The 10-year plan, presented by the county’s Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne to council Tuesday, is based on conservative budget projections that show the gross receipts tax revenue from Los Alamos National Laboratory declining by 10 percent over the 10-year period.Gibson, who serves as vice chair on the council, and West, who presided over council in 2007, presented two views of the plan from the perspective of elected officials to the public on Thursday.Majure questioned both councilors regarding their vision for the county in 2018.“In 10 years, I’d like us to have all of the projects finished. It’s not unrealistic to have them all done,” West said. “I hope for gross receipts tax revenues to stay about where they are now, and I hope for increases as the mission changes at the laboratory.

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