Landowners work for compromise in subdivision

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun

Landowners of the Montoya Subdivision showed a willingness to compromise on one landowner’s request to change land status during Monday’s Quay County Commission meeting.

Robert Beasley, one of about 10 owners of the land east of Tucumcari, has sought to have the county abandon the subdivision and change his land’s designation to pasture land, which is taxed at a lower rate than land defined by lots and blocks.

Beasley owns all of the property in the subdivision south of Interstate 40 on the subdivision, which covers approximately 226 acres of land 18 miles west of Tucumcari.

If the land is changed to pasture land, it loses the divisions and anybody wishing to sell land would likely need the services of a surveyor. Since no local surveyor exists, County Assessor Janie Murray said, there would be a great deal of time and expense for anybody wishing to sell part or all of their pasture land.

“If this plan is only (implemented) to lower taxes, that’s not a very good reason,” said Virginia Richardson. Richardson said she and her husband Cliff own 42 lots in the northern part of the subdivision.

Other landowners in the subdivision also spoke out against abandoning the subdivision, and a landowner who originally sided with Beasley said she changed her mind due to issues she was not previously aware of.

Beasley said he wanted to work with everybody else, and said he would be happy to have the abandonment only apply to the part of the subdivision south of I-40.

“I do not think it is absurd to want to lower your taxes,” Beasley said. “I own 280 lots out there, and (a tax rate decrease) does make a difference.”

Beasley also owns land in the subdivision north of I-40, but said he would have no problem keeping that land as is.

County commissioners said there were no problems with such a compromise, and that the third and final public hearing on the matter would take place during the June 12 commission meeting. The tax rate changes would not be reflected until the beginning of 2007.

In other business:

• Road Superintendent Larry Moore said crews finished work on Quay Road J and were just starting work on Quay Road 40. Moore also said a new scoreboard was added to the city baseball field.

• Commissioners approved Financial Resolution 05-93, which reflects an insurance policy payment on a lawnmower stolen from the county in March. Commission Chairman Franklin McCasland asked County Manager Terry Turner about the economic feasibility of purchasing anti-theft measures for the next lawn mower purchased. Turner said it was a good idea and that he would look into the matter.

•The Commission recognized May as asthma awareness month.

• Commissioners approved a proclamation from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office declaring New Mexico a multi-cultural state. The state was previously considered a tri-cultural state, but various government offices considered that label to be outdated.