Vote no on GRT hike
We can’t blame you if the special election to raise Santa Fe County gross receipt tax rates is going unnoticed. But, yes, there is an election happening now. Tuesday (Sept. 19) is election day proper, with convenience centers open for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. across Santa Fe County.
Our position is that county GRTs are high enough already. The Board of County Commissioners voted earlier this summer to raise the GRT by one-eighth cent on the dollar. The election allows voters to decide on additional sixteenth of a cent hike. If both increases go into effect, the tax rate within Santa Fe city limits would go up to 8.5 percent, and the rate outside city limits would increase to 7.1875 percent. (One or both increases take effect in January).
The money is slated for worthy projects — public safety and staffing for the new behavioral health services center. As worthy as those endeavors are, we believe the $4.6 million that the commissioner-approved tax increase will bring in can fund the county’s needs — with a bit left over. On the GRT tax increase for Santa Fe County, The New Mexican recommends a no vote.
The opinion that matters, of course, belongs to voters. Be sure to vote on Tuesday.