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Council reaffirms their positions on property taxes

By Roger Snodgrass

Budget and finance matters preoccupied Los Alamos county councilors at their regular meeting in White Rock Tuesday night.

After approving an ordinance early in the evening to issue up to $25 million in bonds related to utility system projects, councilors had a lot more to say about budget matters during a portion of the agenda devoted to budget guidance.

County Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne asked for suggestions in several key areas of the budget, using a prepared list of policy questions as a starting point.

The questions were drawn from topics that generated substantive discussion in the past and included technical questions about the budget process and schedule, as well as more general questions about “level of service” provided by the county, revenue projection assumption and compensation philosophy.

A major focal point had to do with gross receipts tax levels and user charges, particularly in relation to property tax rates which are set to increase by 36 percent as a result of an approved school property tax bond measure.


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