City turns to collection services

By Ryn Gargulinski If you owe money to the city’s ambulance service, expect a call from a collection agency. City officials on Tuesday agreed to use Collect Rite collection agency in efforts to recover about $200,000 in unpaid bills owed to the city’s ambulance service. Revamped roads, withdrawal from the Ute Water pipeline project and […]

County employees to receive pay raises

By William Thompson Quay County employees will be receiving fatter paychecks next month. County Manager Terry Turner said county employees will be receiving an average 5-percent pay raise beginning with the first pay period in July. “We received a letter from the state Department of Finance Authority (on) June 9 approving our 2006 budget, which […]

City approves $16.8 million budget

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Budget $1.3 million more than year ago. Tucumcari’s finance director Marty Garcia said Tuesday the city’s budget has increased by $1.3 million from last year, mainly due to increases in payroll for city employees and money set aside for renovation of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The $16.8 […]

State’s economy needs federal spending

By Jeff Bingamen: Guest Columnist For most Americans, the subject of the federal budget is about as interesting as diagramming sentences in a high school English class. For New Mexicans, however, the federal budget is of vital importance. Here’s why: In the current fiscal year, direct federal expenditures made in our state will total about […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]

Lawmakers address local issues

Editor’s note: New Mexico’s 2005 Legislature kicks off a 60-day run on Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to address dozens of issues, from tax cuts to economic development and get-tough laws aimed at drunken drivers. Gov. Bill Richardson is even expected to push a plan for promoting rodeo. That idea is going over well at […]

County nixes pay raises

William Thompson The Quay County budget was finalized July 12 and no pay raises for county employees were included in the budget. According to the minutes of a special budget session on June 4, former County Manager Paula Chacon, acting as a consultant, reported to county commissioners that no pay raises would be forthcoming. “The […]

Letter to editor

Letter to the Editor 8-2-04 In last Saturday’s edition of the Quay County Sun City Commissioner Maestas states and I quote from the article, “City Commissioner Chris Maestas said he and fellow Commissioner Antonio Apodaca voted against the utility rate hikes but were outvoted 3-2 by Commissioners Betty Ditto and Jim Witcher and Mayor Mary […]

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 […]

City: No more second chances

Angela Peacock Tucumcari residents now have stricter deadlines for paying their water bills. At Thursday’s City Commission Meeting City Manager Richard Primrose announced that the city will no longer be sending duplicate cut off notices. He said Tucumcari is averaging about $725 a month in postage and labor cost for having to send out more […]