The passage of the tax increase gives Tucumcari officials some bragging rights as the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant in Portales for its monthly meeting.
The meeting will be the first with all 12 entities implemented as one authority.
Tucumcari City Manager said a subcommittee is to submit a proposed budget for the authority to hire an executive director and staff.
The subcommittee is expected to recommend the director’s office have a $197,000 budget in the first year. The money would come from the 12 entities based on each one’s water reservation.
Tucumcari, with 25 percent of the reservation, would be responsible for $50,000 of the budget. The tax increase passed Tuesday give the city a way to pay that amount, Primrose said.
Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering steam.
“We’re really moving fast on this project now,” Ortega said. “This thing has been over 40 years in the making and it has had its ups and downs, and now everything is coming together real good.”
“It’s kind of a special ceremonial meeting of sorts because we believe we have everyone working together in unity and have created a joint powers agreement that everyone is pleased with,” Ortega said.
Representatives from all entities will be present, Ortega added, and the authority will also discuss the possibilities of hiring a project manager to spearhead the planning stages of the project.
The authority meets every third Wednesday of each month at different locations from Tucumcari to Portales.