City: No more second chances

Angela Peacock

Tucumcari residents now have stricter deadlines for paying their water bills.
At Thursday’s City Commission Meeting City Manager Richard Primrose announced that the city will no longer be sending duplicate cut off notices. He said Tucumcari is averaging about $725 a month in postage and labor cost for having to send out more than one cut-off notice to each resident.
“Bills are due the first of each month and the water will be cut-off on the 21. That gives people a whole 30 days to pay their bill,” Primrose said. “This will save the city a substantial amount of money.”
Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve a budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. City Finance Manager Marty Garcia reported the expected revenue for next year’s budget. In addition to the city’s usual income, Garcia said he included $40,000 for the new landfill project where from Santa Rosa; an increase of cemetery revenue at $10,000.
“Overall the budget is good shape. We know our costs and that we have to pay bills and salaries,” Garcia said.
During the current fiscal year, all city employees received a 2-percent salary increase, but Garcia said only one change in salary has be budgeted for next year.
“The fire chief (Mike Cherry) will see a salary increase because he now has more than one job duty, not because he has more merits,” Garcia said.
Cherry will be overseeing the city’s homeland security efforts.
The commission also approved the economic development service agreement with the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Cooperation. The city will pay the GTEDC $75,000 a year beginning June 1.
o Commissioners voted to appoint Commissioner Antonio Apodaca to the senior citizens advisory board.
o The board listened to a report about a comprehensive plan for economic development for the city, however no definite plan of action has been taken at this time.