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Vote totals change slightly after counties canvass


November 11, 2018

Republican challenger Martin Zamora’s slim lead over Democrat incumbent George Dodge Jr. in the District 63 state representative race increased by one vote following the Curry County Commission and Roosevelt County Commission meetings held Friday to canvass the results of Tuesday’s election.

When provisional ballots were hand tallied by county officials during the canvassing process, Zamora added two votes in Roosevelt County and Dodge added one vote in Curry County.

Also at the Roosevelt County Commission’s Friday meeting:

• The commission took no action following an approximately 25-minute executive session held to discuss three lawsuits, according to the agenda.

• The commission unanimously voted to join a lawsuit with several other municipalities in the state against the Taxation and Revenue Department regarding gross receipts tax funds being withheld.

County Attorney Randy Knudson said the county is seeking over $200,000 in GRT funding it believes was improperly withheld.

• The commission approved an ordinance extending the sunset of the half of 1 percent hospital GRT that provides funding to Roosevelt General Hospital by 10 years from 2037 to 2047.

RGH Chief Executive Officer Kaye Green said the funds will go toward a new emergency room and new operating rooms.

Knudson was the only participant in a public hearing regarding the ordinance held before the vote. Knudson voiced his support for the ordinance, speaking on behalf of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation for which he serves as board president.

Commissioner Matthew Hunton abstained, noting that his business writes the insurance for RGH.

• By a 3-1 vote the commission approved a pilot project to place cameras on electric poles to record instances of illegal dumping.

Hunton cast the vote in opposition, citing privacy concerns.

Commissioner Gene Creighton was absent.


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