City watching its dollars, tabs clean up as priority

Chelle Delaney

Tucumcari should be closely watching its dollars because funds from the state and federal government are being squeezed in the economic downturn, said several city commissioners at a regular meeting Thursday and a goal-setting work session on Friday.

Other cities are having tough times and Tucumcari should watch its finances, Mayor Antonio Apodaca said.

“The city is doing OK,” City Manager John Sutherland said.

At this time, the city’s funds are slightly higher than its projected budget. The city has a $4.2 million general fund for its annual operating expenses, Sutherland said.

Sutherland said he had cautioned city department heads to watch their discretionary spending.