City officials look to save cash

Russell Anglin

Tucumcari officials discussed a number of cost-saving and revenue-generating measures at the Tucumcari City Commission’s regular Thursday meeting.

City Clerk Christine Daugherty said the city was able to refinance bonds used to build the Tucumcari Convention Center.

“Bobbye (Rose, city manager) worked with the New Mexico Financing Authority and found a lower interest rate with savings of $19,000 a year,” Daugherty said.

Lodger’s Tax funds serve as the dedicated revenue source for the bond. Tax Board President Tom Evans presented a list of funding recommendations at the meeting.

“We try to be as generous as possible,” Evans said. “The Lodger’s Tax Board is here to make sure these events can eventually become self-sustained. We believe that there are lot of good things going on right now.”

The proposal included $13,250 for the Tucumcari Rotary Air Show, the Eastern New Mexico Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Association’s yearly festival, the Quay Council for Arts and Humanities’ Mariachi Christmas program, Tucumcari MainStreet’s “Fired Up!” event and the Mother Road Rally. According to Evans, the amount each organization requested totaled $22,526.

Commissioners also agreed to spend $20,465 on airport improvement projects. The Federal Aviation Admission covers 95 percent of the projects’ funding, which includes pavement maintenance work, construction assistance for friction testing, a stormwater pollution prevention plan update and an airport boundary survey.

The commission approved rate increases for the Tucumcari Golf Course. Adults will now pay $9 on weekdays and $10 on weekends to play nine holes at the course, a $2 increase in each case. Tournament fees also increased by $10.

“I don’t think it’s so unattractive that we’re going to cause playing to diminish,” golf course manager Rex Maddaford said. City Finance Director Dennis Dysart said the city currently funds $118,000 of the golf course’s $158,000 yearly budget.

Commissioners also approved an equipment contract with SPC printers for $3,800 per month. Daugherty said this will save the city around $2,400 monthly.

According to Mike Cherry, who filled in for Bobby Rose at the meeting, Tucumcari residents and trash collectors will begin using the city’s new landfill July 2. Commissioners approved an $8,500 contract with Gordon Environmental for engineering work at the new landfill.