PORTALES – With the exception of death, the greatest inevitability of life remains taxes. This is also the case in Roosevelt County, but the inevitable is delayed by a few weeks.
Treasurer Layle Sanchez said at Tuesday’s county commission meeting that county landowners would normally receive their tax bills at this time.
However, this will be delayed for a few weeks as the county awaits the November 2 election.
On the ballot are six different tax questions – two questions about general obligations and four questions about the capital improvement tax – among four school districts. The county, Sanchez said, will calculate tax bills based on whether these questions pass or fail.
Sanchez said tax bills will likely reach homeowners around Thanksgiving week. The due date will be December 10, with a deadline of January 10 to avoid penalties.
For tax preparation purposes, Sanchez said, residents are advised to process payments by Dec.31. The spring billing schedule won’t change, Sanchez said, with billing April 10 and a May 10 deadline to avoid penalties.
Other business at the Tuesday meeting:
n County Emergency Director Johnny Montiel informed Commissioners of Federal Emergency Management Administration floodplain map updates. The federal affair clearly frustrated the commissioners and county manager Amber Hamilton. The new map, which has an impact on home insurance rates, can be viewed at the Roosevelt County Courthouse.
Commissioner Dennis Lopez, when told by Montiel that the map’s protests would require data disproving FEMA’s findings, did not like the burden of errors being placed on landowners.
Commissioner Shane Lee, who chaired the meeting in place of President Tina Dixon, did not like the potential impact on people whose mortgage payments are already set for current rates. Lee also said it was frustrating as a county to keep citizens informed because the media is limited and many people get their information from social media.
Hamilton said floodplain maps are a federal matter and the county’s only role is to raise awareness despite all the frustration she and others have with the process. She said citizens of unincorporated areas would likely see the greatest impact, but “everyone should just assume their floodplain is going to change.”
n Hamilton said she and county staff had reviewed the fairground drainage improvements, and expected to do another review in the next week or two. Repairs to the fairground’s roof are nearing completion, Hamilton said, and replacement of the youth building’s windows is on hold.
n The commission appointed Commissioner Rod Savage to a shared services committee and Dixon as the commission representative for the Eastern New Mexico Local Workforce Council. The shared services committee, Hamilton said, was born because the city of Portales has a new city manager and the entities felt it was a good time to discuss what to charge for various services – c that is, the county detention center housing inmates apprehended by city police.
n The committee approved the one-year renewal of its banking services contract with JP Stone Community Bank.
n A contract for the transport of road materials has been approved with C&K Cattle Company. Rates are $ 75 per hour, plus a per mile per tonne charge which varies based on material and total run length.
n The commission approved the acceptance of $ 20,308 in grants for patrol efforts for ENDWI and the Selective Traffic Enforcement program.
n The next meeting is scheduled for November 8 at 9 a.m.