Water group discusses budget

By Dave Gragg

Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority also discussed a proposed budget for the office staff at Wednesday’s meeting.
The proposed first-year budget of $223,000 includes $27,000 in start-up costs. The two-person office would run closer to $200,000 each year after that.
Half of the money would come from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose said.
With the BOR funding half, Tucumcari’s portion of the costs would amount to about $25,000 a year, which includes in-kind services.
Rather than decide where to house the executive director, the authority decided to hire the director first, then let he or she decide where to have an office.
The entity that hosts the water authority’s director’s office would be able to count that as their in-kind match.
Tucumcari and Clovis have already expressed interest in hosting the office, Primrose said.
Other in-kind matches include vehicles, insurance and utilities.
All entity representatives will be counting the meetings they attend toward in-kind matches as well.
While the representatives won’t actually get paid for going to meetings, their home governments will be able to count that time as in-kind match — at $45 an hour.
Primrose said Clovis has agreed to begin advertising for the executive director, based on the job description the ENMRWA already decided on.
“We didn’t want to wait another month so we could meet again,” he said.
The executive director is budgeted to make $100,000 a year.