City approves March ballot

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Tucumcari city commissioners approved a March election ballot Tuesday and conceptual plan for the Railroad Depot Project.

The commission approved the ballot for election of municipal officers March 2, 2010.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

The elective offices open are District Four commissioner district, District Five commissioner and Municipal Judge, each for a four year term.

The commissioners voted against placing a proposed amendment to Ordinance Number 980 on the March ballot.

The amendment was asking voters to use one-eighth of one-percent of the Municipal Capital Outlay Gross Receipts Tax funds from the Ute Lake water treatment and delivery system project to service existing debt incurred from infrastructure projects.

“The 1/8 percent will generate $125,000,” said city Finance Officer Marty Garcia. “That money could be used towards a $163,000 annual debt payment incurred from previous infrastructure projects.”

Garcia said it is not a new tax, but a reallocation of an existing tax. He said the remaining amount will have to be paid by a rate increase in water, sewer or budget cuts.

There was some concern about the language of the amendment voiced by commissioners and Mayor Antonio Apodaca.

“We need to be clear that this money will be used for debt payment only,” Commissioner Jim Lafferty said. “We need to let the voters know that this money is not being misused and is going towards the payment of a debt accrued from the improvement of Tucumcari.”

Lafferty asked city staff and management to explore other options and present them before the commission before they consider reallocation of the existing tax.

“We need to look at every option,” Lafferty said. “If we decide that this is the option that the commission wants to pursue we can hold a special election later.”

Mark Lake, executive director of Tucumcari MainStreet Corp., asked commissioners to approve a Mainstreet conceptual plan for the Railroad Depot Project.

Lake told commissioners $1.4 million in capital outlay is still available for the project. He said the money could be used but it would have to be quickly to avoid being frozen by the state.

“This is just a conceptual plan,” Lake said. “It can change and is not set in stone. We will be talking with land and business owners as the project progresses. approval of this plan is a step we need to take to move forward with the project.”

Voting and Election information:

The following locations are designated as polling places for the conduct of the regular municipal election:

Voters in City Commission District One (1) shall vote at Del Norte Center 415 North Fourth.

Voters in City Commission District Two (2) shall vote at the Tucumcari

Recreation Center 901 East Laughlin.

Voters in consolidated City Commission Districts Three & Five (3 & 5) shall vote at the High School Auditorium 1100 South Seventh.

(Precincts three and five are consolidated for the regular municipal election.)

Voters in City Commission District Four (4) shall vote at the Immanuel Baptist Church 706 East Hines.

Voters in the Absent Voter Precinct will vote at the office of the City Clerk, 215 East Center Street.

Voters in the Early Voter Precinct will vote at the office of the City Clerk, 215 East Center Street.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained only from the office of the Municipal Clerk.

All applications for an absentee ballot must be completed and accepted by the Municipal Clerk prior to 5 p.m., Feb. 26, 2010. After 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2010, all unused absentee ballots will be publicly destroyed by the municipal clerk.

The municipal clerk will accept completed absentee ballots delivered by mail, or in person by the voter casting the absentee ballot, by a member of the voter’s immediate family, or by the caregiver to the voter until 7 p.m. on March 2, 20 10.

Absentee ballots may be marked in person in the office of the municipal clerk during the regular hours and days of business, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

Early voting. Early voting on paper ballots counted by (M1OO or M650)

electronic vote tabulator will be conducted in the office of the Municipal Clerk during the regular hours and days of business, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 and closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

Persons desiring to register to vote at the regular municipal election must register with the County Clerk of Quay County not later than Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at 5 p.m., the date on which the County Clerk will close registration books.

All Declarations of Candidacy shall be filed with the municipal clerk on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The casting of votes by qualified municipal electors shall be recorded on

paper ballots to be counted by M 100 electronic vote tabulators.