City approves water rate increase

Chelle Delaney A proposed 15 percent water rate increase was approved Thursday as part of the city’s preliminary budget by the Tucumcari City Commission, which came under criticism for not allowing public comment. The increase was needed to balance the preliminary $11.79 million operating budget, excluding grants and projects, and to get the budget off […]

Press release: Xcel Energy, customer groups reach agreement on New Mexico base rate increase

ROSWELL – Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) has reached an agreement with New Mexico customer groups to increase base rates, a measure driven in large part by the costs of new power generation and the increases in the cost of doing business. SPS has submitted the agreement to the New Mexico Public Regulation […]

Xcel proposes rate increase

By Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase […]

Xcel seeking rate increase in Texas

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy is requesting a 5.9 percent base rate increase in Texas to offset increasing infrastructure costs. Xcel filed a proposal of a base rate increase with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and area municipalities served by the company, according to Wes Reeves of Xcel Energy. He said Xcel also included […]

School board OKs raise for superintendent

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Editor The six-figure salary of Tucumcari Schools Superintendent Aaron McKinney inched up a little higher Monday night. The majority of Tucumcari School Board members approved a $4,000 increase, raising McKinney’s salary to $104,000 and extending his contract through the 2009-2010 school year. School board members have said in the past […]

City parks, proposed water hike draw criticism

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun A city park and a proposed water rate increase were two hot topics before the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday night. Overflowing garbage cans, drug paraphernalia and used prophylactics at Dunn Park should be cleaned up, said resident Clair Strong. “Once I was walking through the park with my child […]

City Commissioners vote to increase salary for mayor, commissioners

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari City Commission approved a $9,000 annual increase to salaries for the mayor and commissioners. The vote was four to one in favor of giving the mayor a $4,800 annual salary and commissioners a $3,600 annual wage. The salaries are currently $2,700 for the mayor and $2,100 for […]

School board eyes increase in salaries

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The Tucumcari Public Schools Board of Education wrestled with how to give raises to school staff for the 2008-2009 school year during their regular meeting Monday night. One school board member said that any raise should be a lump sum that was equal throughout the staff instead of a […]

President given salary bump

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by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Phillip O. Barry, President of Mesalands Community College, was given a 3 percent raise in a unanmious vote at a meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday night. The raise is an increase of about $3,630 in Barry’s salary, which is currently about $121,000 a year. The […]

County to pay hospital $526K

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The Quay County Commission agreed to a $526,254 payment to Dan Trigg Memorial Hospital for its hospital operations for 2007-2008 at its meeting Monday. The payment request reflects an overall 4 percent increase for inflation, or $71,622, over its payment request last fiscal year for a total budget of […]