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Officials vote to impose 2018 property tax rates


September 15, 2018

CLOVIS - Curry County commissioners on Friday unanimously voted to impose the 2018 property tax rates - mostly flat compared to a year ago - during a 22-minute meeting.

Assessor Candace Morrison said the rates are set by the state's Department of Finance and Administration based on a number of different factors.

The majority of districts saw an increase less than 1 percent, while non-residential properties outside the Clovis city limits actually saw a 0.145 percent decrease in their tax rate.

"Overall they were pretty much flat," Morrison said. "You'll see a little bit of an increase in certain districts and then a little bit of a decrease, but overall the total average change was only 0.88 percent throughout all of the districts."

Commissioner Chet Spear asked about the tax rates in Grady, which increased at an average of 2.2 percent across all four of its districts.

"They have a lot more cows per capita than people in Grady, which I'm going to attribute the most of that to their lack of cattle this year because our cattle evaluation was over $13 million down throughout the entire county," Morrison said.

Also at Friday's meeting (all votes 3-0):

• The commission approved a trio of financial matters, including a $121,500 budget adjustment for payment in lieu of taxes related to the Grady wind farm project.

County Manager Lance Pyle said that money must be spent in the unincorporated areas around Grady, with 50 percent going to roads and 50 percent going to law enforcement and fire services.

The commission also approved a $7,000 juvenile adjudication grant, which had not been received by the time the county finalized its fiscal year 2019 budget and the transfer of $180 from the general fund due to an error in submitting the third quarter New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Grant, according to Finance Director Carol Pipes.


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